McCutchen needs votes for All-Star start

McCutchen needs votes for All-Star start

McCutchen needs votes for All-Star start
PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen made a move among vote leaders for the 2012 All-Star Game. With his own bat rallying support from his legion of supporters, the Pirates center fielder retains an outside chance of cracking the starting lineup for the July 10 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

In the latest voting update from Major League Baseball on Tuesday, McCutchen inched up from 11th place to No. 10 among National League outfielders.

While the Dodgers' Matt Kemp is the runaway leader at the position with 3,322,009 votes -- about 670,000 ahead of runner-up Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals -- the pack tightens up behind the top two.

With his 1,151,403 votes, McCutchen is fewer than one million out of a starting spot, the third being currently claimed by the Giants' Melky Cabrera.

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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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 8 p.m. ET 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.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. 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 also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Among the Bucs' position players, McCutchen has been principally responsible for helping the team hold its own in the early stages of the National League Central race.

Others are gradually coming to his aid, but McCutchen continues as the club's runaway leader with an average of .325, and also leads the club with 37 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.