Signups are underway through Thursday for the MLB.TV 10-day free trial, which is no-risk and a way to watch all live out-of-market games online. In this case, it is the best viewing option to track all 10 candidates currently vying for the 34th and last spot on the American League and National League rosters. You're sending one nominee in each league to the 85th All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field, and you definitely are doing your homework if you use the best technology available.
You can dive right in on Wednesday afternoon, when early NL Final Vote leader Justin Morneau and the Rockies play host to the Padres at 3:10 ET. This free trial should be good for Twins fans, because the interactive voting map showed that the entire state of Minnesota seemingly wants his return for the All-Star Game.
Close behind Morneau in the first ballot release was fellow first baseman Anthony Rizzo, whose Cubs take on the Reds in Cincinnati at 7:10 ET. You'll see plenty of Rizzo, because in addition to the Wednesday game, he will be the only Final Vote candidate still to track on Thursday before the 4 p.m. ET closing of the ballot that day.
The Braves play at the Mets at 7:10 ET on Wednesday, and that's a chance to see if you think Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton should join Andruw Jones (2002) and Freddie Freeman ('13) as NL Final Vote winners from that club.
All Miami third baseman Casey McGehee does is hit, although the NL hits leader saw his 14-game hitting streak end last night in Phoenix. He can start a new one in another possible Final Argument against the D-backs at 3:40 ET on Wednesday. Teammate Giancarlo Stanton has made it abundantly clear that more people should take notice of what "Hits McGehee" is doing this summer.
And the fifth NL Final Vote candidate, Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon, will state his case as the Battle of the Beltways continues in Baltimore at 7:05 ET.
The AL Final Vote winner is going to be a pitcher, and (barring a marathon game requiring emergency help) you already have all the on-field evidence you'll get from Garrett Richards of the Angels, Rick Porcello of the Tigers and Corey Kluber of the Indians. But you will be treated to a pair of big Final Arguments that make the MLB.TV free trial almost worth it alone:
White Sox left-hander and two-time All-Star Chris Sale, the AL Final Vote leader after the first 36 hours, is scheduled to make his next start at 7:10 p.m. ET Wednesday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Less than an hour after that first pitch, the Astros are at the Rangers in a Lone Star tilt, and you will see Final Vote candidate Dallas Keuchel -- brilliant this first half with an 8-5 record and a 3.06 ERA -- pitching opposite 2012 AL Final Vote winner Yu Darvish.
The free trial is for new MLB.TV subscribers only. You can watch every 2014 regular-season out-of-market game live or on demand in HD quality. Watch up to four games at once with multigame viewing, allowing you to keep tabs not only on your favorite team, but also to follow your fantasy roster and to scoreboard-watch as the pennant races heat up. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games.
Fans can also cast votes on the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the Final Vote ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text their choice to 89269. For example: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
For the third consecutive year, the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote will include social balloting participation, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates' fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.
The hashtags and text designations are as follows:
Dallas Keuchel: #VoteKeuchel (A1)
Corey Kluber: #VoteKluber (A2)
Rick Porcello: #PickRick (A3)
Garrett Richards: #VoteGRich (A4)
Chris Sale: #TargetSale (A5)
Casey McGehee: #VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)
Justin Morneau: #VoteMorneau (N2)
Anthony Rendon: #VoteRendon (N3)
Anthony Rizzo: #VoteRizzo (N4)
Justin Upton: #VoteJUp (N5)
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again allow fans to help choose 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 and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
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