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All-Star chase is on for Morneau

All-Star chase is on for Morneau

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau remains the Twins player most likely to be voted in by the fans to the 78th All-Star Game on July 10 in San Francisco.

The Twins first baseman currently sits second in the balloting behind Boston's David Ortiz. Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, ranks second in the AL in home runs with 17 and sixth in RBIs with 46.

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 June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT. In-stadium balloting at the Metrodome ends June 17.

Joe Mauer currently ranks fourth among catchers in the AL behind Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez, Boston's Jason Varitek and New York's Jorge Posada.

Mauer made his return to the Twins lineup Friday against the Nationals after missing 29 games while on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps muscle. The 2006 AL batting champ is batting .333.

Center fielder Torii Hunter looks to be the only other Twins player with a chance to make the All-Star team. He ranks fifth among outfielders, and the top three make the team.

Hunter won his sixth consecutive Gold Glove in 2006 and looks to be making a run at another one this season. He's ranked fifth in the AL in both home runs (13) and RBIs (49).

Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero, Boston's Manny Ramirez, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki and Detroit's Magglio Ordonez all have received more votes than Hunter.

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.

All-Star Game Coverage

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.

Leslie Parker 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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