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Upton in the All-Star mix of NL outfielders

Upton in the All-Star mix of NL outfielders

BOSTON -- From a team standpoint, 2010 has been a disappointing one thus far for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On an individual level, though, there have been performances that warrant consideration for the All-Star Game.

In the latest voting totals released on Tuesday, only Justin Upton shows up, ranking 12th among outfielders with 504,047 votes. The current top three are Ryan Braun, Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier. Ethier, in third, has 1,348,662 votes.

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This year's game is 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 8:59 p.m. MST. 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.

D-backs fans' only option at this point is to vote online, as balloting at Chase Field ended on Sunday.

Manager A.J. Hinch recently made the case for pitchers Dan Haren and Ian Kennedy, as well as second baseman Kelly Johnson and outfielder Chris Young.

"[Haren] is always an All-Star candidate," Hinch said. "How he has overcome his slow start, he's going to have some work to get his numbers to match that, but he's got the wins. Kelly Johnson should be given strong consideration. I think Ian Kennedy has pitched well enough to warrant the talk. The likelihood of getting multiple guys [on the team] will be tough. Certainly Kennedy and Johnson, and then there's still some time for Haren to put together a string of starts, but those three guys are possible. Chris Young has also had a nice season up to this point as well, but again, there are a lot of teams in the league that are going to have plenty of worthy candidates."

D-backs fans can help make the difference by voting often through July 1.

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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