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Royals closer Broxton needs your Final Vote

Royals closer Broxton needs your Final Vote

Royals closer Broxton needs your Final Vote
KANSAS CITY -- With two days remaining in the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote, sponsored by Firestone, Royals fans still have time to vote closer Jonathan Broxton into the All-Star Game.

Broxton was in fifth place in the American League voting when Major League Baseball announced an update on Tuesday morning, with Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish in first place.

Royals fans can vote for Broxton until voting closes at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. Voting can be done online, where fans can receive a ticket discount if they vote at royals.com/votebroxton.

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Fans can also use their phones to vote. To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote sponsored by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Broxton, simply text message A1 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada is also available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

Fans can use the hashtag #VoteBroxton on Twitter to spread the word about the closer's candidacy.

Broxton is up against a quartet of AL pitchers in his quest to win the Final Vote. Darvish is currently in first place, followed by Jake Peavy of the White Sox, Jason Hammel of the Orioles and Ernesto Frieri of the Angels.

Entering play Tuesday, Broxton had converted 20 of 23 save opportunities and struck out 23 batters in 30 2/3 innings. His ERA stood at 2.05.

Folks in Kansas City won't be the only ones voting for Broxton, as the Georgia native is getting help from the Atlanta Braves. The Royals and Braves are teaming up to encourage their fans to vote for each other's Final Vote candidates. A pair of Braves, third baseman Chipper Jones and outfielder Michael Bourn, are on the ballot in the National League.

There will be an extra treat for fans as a thanks for participating in the Final Vote. If you are not a current subscriber to MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium, you will be offered the opportunity to receive a free trial of up to 14 days of 2012 MLB.TV from Friday through July 20. If you are a current subscriber, you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all eligible Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Balloting will be progressively intense, social media and hashtagging will be key, and you will get updates right here every day along the way. Remember to pay attention on the Fourth of July. Be sure to include #FinalVote with your tweets.

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 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.

Vinnie Duber 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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