Longoria needs big boost for All-Star start
Rays slugger is fourth in the voting behind Cabrera, Machado and Beltre
NEW YORK -- Rays fans need to make a last-minute push in the All-Star balloting if Evan Longoria is to have any chance of getting elected as the American League's starting third baseman for the Midsummer Classic.
Longoria, who is having an All-Star-caliber season, currently ranks in fourth place in the voting, according to the totals released Saturday.
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Though originally scheduled for July 7, the 2013 rosters will now be unveiled Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. The show will be televised nationally on FOX.
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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 2013 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.
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With 1,106,984 votes, Longoria trails Miguel Cabrera (4,337,223), Manny Machado (2,097,804) and Adrian Beltre (1,334,195).
While the Rays are having one of their best offensive seasons in recent memory, no other player is ranked in the top five for infield or catching positions, nor did any Rays rank in the top 15 for the outfield position.
Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 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 15.
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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.