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Braun clinging on to All-Star lead

Braun clinging on to All-Star lead

ANAHEIM -- The Brewers' Ryan Braun still leads National League outfielders in fan balloting for the All-Star Game, but only by the narrowest of margins.

The latest round of results were unveiled Tuesday and Braun led the way with 1,422,598 votes, barely ahead of the Braves' Jason Heyward at 1,419,753 votes and the Dodgers' Andre Ethier at 1,348,662 votes. If balloting ended today, that trio would form the NL's starting outfield on July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 10:59 p.m. CT. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Braun is bidding to be the first Brewers player ever to start three consecutive All-Star Games. He will need some help from fans to hang on to first place.

"It would be easier if we were playing better," said Brewers outfielder Corey Hart, an impartial observer in that he's not on the ballot this year. Hart made the NL All-Star team in 2008 via MLB.com's Final Vote. "When I made it, I was having an OK year but the team was playing great," Hart said. "If our team was playing better right now, I think it would help a lot of these guys out." The Brewers' other position players remained in the same positions they held a week earlier in balloting results. Prince Fielder is third among NL first basemen, Rickie Weeks is fourth among second basemen, Casey McGehee is fourth among third basemen and Alcides Escobar was not among the top five NL shortstops.

A couple of Brewers outfielders are getting notice. Jim Edmonds, who took Hart's spot on this year's ballot, was 13th in the league and Carlos Gomez was 15th.

The Brewers are getting a taste of the All-Star Game venue this week. They began a three-game Interleague Series against the Angels on Monday night.

Adam McCalvy 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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