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Last chance for All-Star Game home cooking

Last chance for All-Star Game home cooking

MINNEAPOLIS -- It remains highly unlikely that the Twins will send a starting position player to the All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, as evidenced by the final American League ballot update, released on Monday.

Second baseman Brian Dozier remains ranked fifth at his position, with 994,447 votes, and Kurt Suzuki remains stuck in fourth place among catchers, with 1,025,717 votes.

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Both trail the leaders by more than a million votes, as Seattle's Robinson Cano leads second basemen, with 2,474,924 votes, and Baltimore's Matt Wieters leads backstops, with 2,103,385. Wieters, however, is out for the season, and Oakland's Derek Norris is in second, with 1,924,049 votes.

Dozier, who leads all Major League second basemen in home runs and runs scored, remains hopeful he'll be a first-time All-Star but said it's something he's trying not to think about.

"It is still early, but it would be cool," Dozier said. "But I don't play this game for individual goals or accomplishments. I play to win. I feel like each and every day, you play that kind of stuff like the All-Star appearances take care of themselves. But at the same time, if it does happen, it would be a cool accomplishment, especially this year at Target Field. It would mean a lot."

Dozier is more comfortable campaigning for Suzuki, who is also aiming to be an All-Star for the first time.

"I think a lot of guys are deserving, and I think Suzuki is a guy I'd like behind the plate more than anyone in baseball," Dozier said. "The way he calls games and the picking he's been doing behind the plate, that stuff gets overlooked over the stuff he's been doing with the bat. He's one of the best catchers in baseball."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

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.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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