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Indians need late push for All-Star start

Indians need late push for All-Star start

CLEVELAND -- The Indians need a miracle.

Not on the field; the Tribe's doing quite well there, thank you.

Rather, an epic final push at the polls is needed if Cleveland is to have a starter in the All-Star Game on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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With just two days of online voting left at MLB.com, the Indians' stars remain well on the outside looking in.

Travis Hafner is fifth among first baseman, Grady Sizemore is seventh among outfielders and Victor Martinez is fifth among catchers.

If anybody deserves the start, it's Martinez, whose 62 RBIs are tied for fourth in baseball. No catcher ahead of him -- Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez, New York's Jorge Posada, Boston's Jason Varitek and Minnesota's Joe Mauer -- nears Martinez's production.

So if you're bent on making it happen, gather up some friends and head to the online polls. Fans can vote 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. ET.

Fans again will 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 to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Following the conclusion of 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.

David Briggs 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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