Francoeur leading Royals in All-Star balloting

Francoeur leading Royals in All-Star balloting

Francoeur leading Royals in All-Star balloting
KANSAS CITY -- Jeff Francoeur is on the rise in All-Star Game balloting.

Francoeur is the Royals' top vote-getter with 654,999 votes and has moved up two spots to eighth among American League outfielders in results announced on Monday.

Teammate Alex Gordon is also in the top 15 among AL outfielders, up one notch to rank 12th in the second week's results.

Three other Royals were among the top five in voting for other positions for the July 10 Midsummer Classic at their home park, Kauffman Stadium.

Billy Butler brought in 617,368 votes but slipped to fifth among designated hitters as Adam Dunn of the White Sox slipped past him. Also running fifth were third baseman Mike Moustakas with 548,936 votes and shortstop Alcides Escobar with 493,947. Second baseman Chris Getz slipped out of the top five this week.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9. 

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. 

Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.