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Brewers holding strong in All-Star balloting

Brewers holding strong in All-Star balloting

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun slipped from first to second among National League outfielders in fan balloting for the All-Star Game in St. Louis, but Braun and a number of his Brewers teammates were still holding strong when the latest round of results were released Monday.

Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez is the new leader among NL outfielders, a spot that Braun took last season and held for the first two weeks of results this year. Braun ranked second, and Carlos Beltran of the Mets was third.

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The top three vote-getters will comprise the NL's starting outfield on July 14 at Busch Stadium.

Fellow Brewers outfielders Mike Cameron and Corey Hart are also in the mix, with Cameron running seventh and Hart 11th among outfielders.

The Brewers had a player in the top five at every other position. Prince Fielder ranked third among NL first basemen, J.J. Hardy was third among shortstops and Rickie Weeks was third among second baseman despite the fact he's out for the season with a wrist injury. Bill Hall was running fifth among third baseman and Jason Kendall was fourth among NL catchers.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.

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 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.

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.

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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