Braun regains starting spot in NL All-Star voting

Braun regains starting spot in NL All-Star voting

Braun regains starting spot in NL All-Star voting
It appears the National League's All-Star Game starting lineup could come down to a photo finish, particularly for an outfield spot that continues to change hands.

After San Francisco's Melky Cabrera overtook the third starting outfield position last week, Ryan Braun has regained the spot, according to the fourth and final voting update before the teams are announced on Sunday. All other projected NL starters for the 83rd annual All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City remain unchanged, though most of the polls could be too close to call heading into the final days.

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 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.

Braun leads Cabrera by just 122,733 votes in the outfield voting, while Matt Kemp (3,322,009) and Carlos Beltran (2,652,980) continue to lead the pack. Beltran leads the NL in home runs (20) and RBIs (56), while Kemp has been selected as the league's Home Run Derby captain for the annual event.

In the second-base voting, Atlanta's Dan Uggla (2,641,361) continues to pace Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (1,870,966), while Rafael Furcal (2,323,486) maintained his lead on the injured Troy Tulowitzki (2,064,021) at shortstop.

David Wright (2,687,818), who owns the league's top batting average (.360), has a narrow lead over the Giants' Pablo Sandoval (2,223,269) in the third-base voting, and San Francisco backstop Buster Posey is up just 216,452 votes on the Cardinals' Yadier Molina for the top spot for catchers.

The only starting spot that seems secure belongs to Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who leads the league in total votes (4,475,180) and is nearly 3 million votes ahead of St. Louis' Lance Berkman (1,516,737).

The American League update was released Tuesday, with Texas' Josh Hamilton leading both leagues in voting with an astounding 7,310,824 votes.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING TOTALS

FIRST BASE
Joey Votto, Reds: 4,475,180
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,516,737
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,462,586
Brandon Belt, Giants: 1,291,982
Ryan Howard, Phillies: 873,526

SECOND BASE
Dan Uggla, Braves: 2,641,361
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,870,966
Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,479,652
Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 1,202,051
Omar Infante, Marlins: 1,093,119

SHORTSTOP
Rafael Furcal, Cardinals: 2,323,486
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 2,064,021
Starlin Castro, Cubs: 1,395,820
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 1,332,848
Brandon Crawford, Giants: 1,298,704

THIRD BASE
David Wright, Mets: 2,687,818
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 2,223,269
David Freese, Cardinals: 2,064,351
Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,958,447
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 1,236,757

CATCHER
Buster Posey, Giants: 3,335,982
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 3,119,530
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 2,448,942
Brian McCann, Braves: 1,860,130
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 1,216,744

OUTFIELD
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 4,118,524
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 3,717,483
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,168,617
Melky Cabrera, Giants: 3,045,884
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,948,973
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,880,342
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 1,685,543
Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,613,948
Hunter Pence, Phillies: 1,610,283
Michael Bourn, Braves: 1,553,285
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 1,506,613
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,365,023
Jason Heyward, Braves: 1,322,217
Jay Bruce, Reds: 1,195,031
Martin Prado, Braves: 1,142,946

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.