Tweets can help Bourn climb in Final Vote

Tweets can help Bourn climb in Final Vote

Tweets can help Bourn climb in Final Vote
ATLANTA -- Fans have a chance to use Twitter to help Michael Bourn earn an invitation to compete in next week's All-Star Game.

Any Tweet that includes #VoteBourn from noon-4 p.m. ET today will count as a vote for Bourn in the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone (#FinalVote). This initiative covers the final four hours of this balloting process.


With his Braves teammate Chipper Jones removed from the ballot after he replaced the injured Matt Kemp on the National League's All-Star roster, Bourn has drawn greater support. But to gain his second All-Star selection this route, he will have to make up some ground to catch St. Louis' David Freese and Washington's Bryce Harper before the balloting ends.

Bourn improved his candidacy on Wednesday night when he notched his Major League-best 14th three-hit game and finished a home run short of the cycle in a 5-1 loss to the Cubs. The veteran outfielder has batted .310 with a career-high seven home runs, a .359 on-base percentage and a .456 slugging percentage.

To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote, simply text message N1 (Bourn). Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

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