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Young still leading in NL Final Vote

Young still leading in NL Final Vote

SAN DIEGO -- The Chris Young campaign marches on in San Diego. On Sunday night, fellow starter Jake Peavy was clicking in votes for Young from his home computer. Less than 24 hours later, Padres fans were texting their Young votes in from their cell phones during the Padres' home game against the Florida Marlins.

Apparently, every vote is making a difference as Young currently leads the National League's Final Vote for the last spot on the National League All-Star team after Tuesday's update.

Young continues to hold a small lead over the other four pitchers on the ballot. He's followed closely by Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs, Roy Oswalt of the Houston Astros, Tom Gorzelanny of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Young has the best home ERA (0.94) and opponent batting average (.197) in the Majors, two good reasons to cast a vote for him.

The 6-foot-10 Young is also ranked third among all NL pitchers in ERA (2.14), fifth in winning percentage (.727), and tied for ninth in strikeouts (90) and wins (eight).

Further pushing Young's shot to making it to his first All-Star Game are the computers that now occupy the main concourse in section 101 in PETCO Park.

They will be there for every game until voting ends on Thursday at 3 p.m. PT.

The sixth annual Monster All-Star Final Vote ballot commenced exclusively on MLB.com at approximately 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, and nearly 9 million votes have already been cast in just under 48 hours of fan voting through 1 p.m. PT.

Fans can cast their votes via their mobile phones by texting the word "Vote" to 36197 to receive the ballots. In Canada, fans should text the word "Vote" to 88555.

Young will be the starting pitcher in Wednesday's game against the Marlins. He comes into the contest with two consecutive wins and has not lost a home game since May 12 against the Cardinals. The Padres are 11-5 when Young starts.

Apparently, players outside of his team are pulling for him too.

Fellow nominee Zambrano believes Young deserves the last spot.

"The only thing I was surprised at was that Chris Young of the San Diego Padres was not on the team," Zambrano said. "He deserves to go. Honestly, he's the one who deserves to go in that group."

Elizabeth Botello 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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