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Lo Duca has catching up to do

Lo Duca has catching up to do

NEW YORK -- Paul Lo Duca has a little work to do if he wants to catch up to his friends.

After anchoring the Mets' projected starting quartet of All-Stars through the first two weeks of voting results, Lo Duca has fallen off the pace, dropping behind Dodgers backstop Russell Martin in online voting. The swap was a testament to Martin's strong power numbers, though Lo Duca's .306 average through Sunday remained second in the NL behind San Francisco's Bengie Molina.

The shift is surprising, considering just how hot Lo Duca's been. Heading into Sunday's game he had six hits in his previous three contests, including a home run. And on the season he's been his old pesky self, striking out just 13 times in 193 at-bats while setting the table for the big bats behind him.

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The other Mets leaders -- Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and David Wright -- all defended their spots atop the online leader board, with Beltran the National League's top overall vote leader.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

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Lo Duca wasn't the only Met to lose ground, with Carlos Delgado falling back to fifth in the race for first base, well off the pace of leader Albert Pujols. And Jose Valentin, Moises Alou and Shawn Green have all seen their stock drop, though the recent return of Valentin and Green -- and projected return this week for Alou -- could see that trend reverse.

Anthony DiComo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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