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Get the Vote out: Reynolds needs help

Get the Vote out: Reynolds needs help

PHOENIX -- Luke Carlin sat in front of his locker in the D-backs clubhouse with his laptop open.

"I need to give an e-mail address?" Carlin asked.

"No big deal, just put it down," Mark Reynolds said. "Then you can keep voting."

Voting, that is, for Reynolds, who is locked in a nip-and-tuck race to win the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote and join teammates Dan Haren and Justin Upton on the National League All-Star team.

In voting results released Tuesday, Reynolds narrowly trails Pablo Sandoval (Giants) and Shane Victorino (Phillies) in the voting. Matt Kemp (Dodgers) and Cristian Guzman (Nationals) are also in the running.

Now in its eighth year, the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show presented by Pepsi and continues until 1 p.m. MST on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Mobile voting in the U.S. is exclusive to Sprint, Nextel and Boost subscribers. To receive the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote mobile ballot text the word "VOTE" to 1122. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 1122. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard rate messaging fees also may apply; check with your carrier. Mobile voting in Canada is open to all carriers; fans should text their choices to 88555.

The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.

"Not yet," veteran first baseman Tony Clark said when asked if he had voted for Reynolds. "My wife has been, though."

In an effort to help get out the vote, Reynolds' hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., declared Tuesday "Vote for Mark Reynolds Day" for the University of Virginia alum.

Virginia Beach Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. urged all of the 440,000 residents of Virginia Beach and the more than 1.7 million residents located throughout the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va., metropolitan area to vote for Reynolds.

"I'm inviting everyone in Virginia Beach and all of Hampton Roads to join me in voting for Mark Reynolds," Mayor Sessoms said during an informal session of Tuesday's city council meeting. "This is a wonderful opportunity to rally behind one of our hometown All-Stars and help put him in the national spotlight."

The D-backs also rolled out Arizona's heavy hitters with Sen. John McCain giving his endorsement on the team's broadcast and putting out a Twitter message of his own urging to his some 950,000 followers asking them to vote for Reynolds.

D-backs manager A.J. Hinch's 6-year-old daughter, Haley, is using her allotted Internet time to vote for Reynolds, while her dad is supporting him in a different way.

"I'm voting for Mark Reynolds by putting him in the lineup every day," Hinch said.

The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. MST. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.

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

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