Tulo setting pace in All-Star voting

Tulo setting pace in All-Star voting

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is in first place at his position and Carlos Gonzalez is 13th among National League outfielders in the first voting update for the 2012 All-Star Game, announced Tuesday.

Tulowitzki is on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, but he has been to the last two Midsummer Classics and was finding his swing after a slow start at the time of his injury. Gonzalez, who has never been to the game as a starter or reserve, has become one of baseball's hottest hitters in recent weeks and could push for his first invitation.

"I don't really pay much attention to it," Gonzalez said. "As long as I do my job on the field, it will take care of itself. I think I'm a little higher than [13th] number-wise. Offensively, I'm probably in the top three of every category among the outfielders. That's all I care about. I care about my team. I care about winning."

Even if Gonzalez isn't voted in as a starter, his numbers make him more than worthy of a player-ballot or manager selection.

"It'll be nice. It's a pleasure for every player to go to the All-Star Game," Gonzalez said. "It'd be my first experience. I'll really enjoy it if I get a chance to go. If I don't, I'll take my three days off and get ready for the second half."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 9:59 p.m. MT. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

Tulowitzki went to the DL with a nine-game hit streak during which he batted .389 with a .436 on-base percentage, four home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs. Overall, he is at .287 with eight homers and 27 RBIs. Tulowitzki is due to come off the DL on June 15.

Tulowitzki has 823,708 votes and leads the Cardinals' Rafael Furcal, who has 803,254.

Last year, Tulowitzki held an advantage in voting until the final days, when Jose Reyes overtook him. Reyes was injured, so Tulowitzki made his first All-Star Game start.

Gonzalez is healthy and therefore able to build All-Star worthy numbers. He entered Tuesday night's game against the D-backs with a nine-game hit streak during which he is hitting .462 with six home runs -- four on a club-record four straight plate appearances -- and 11 RBIs, plus a .462 on-base percentage.

Gonzalez leads the National League in runs (45), slugging percentage (.623) and total bases (129), and his second in RBIs (45).

In 2010, Gonzalez was a Final Vote candidate. He did not win that election but ended up winning the National League batting crown.

The top three outfielders will be the starters. The three leaders are above 1 million -- the Dodgers' Matt Kemp (1,952,910), the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (1,212,030), and the Brewers' Ryan Braun (1,112,971). Gonzalez has 386,860 votes.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 6 p.m. MT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

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 2012 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.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg. Week festivities.

Tulowitzki went to the DL with a nine-game hit streak during which he batted .389 with a .436 on-base percentage, four home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs. Overall, he is at .287 with eight homers and 27 RBIs. Tulowitzki is due to come off the DL on June 15.

Tulowitzki has 823,708 votes and leads the Cardinals' Rafael Furcal, who has 803,254.

Last year, Tulowitzki held an advantage in voting until the final days, when Jose Reyes -- no doubt partly due to the large-market advantage that comes with playing with the Mets (he's with the Marlins now) -- overtook him. Still, Reyes was injured, so Tulowitzki made his first All-Star Game start.

Gonzalez is healthy and therefore able to build All-Star worthy numbers. He entered Tuesday night's game against the D-backs with a nine-game hit streak during which he is hitting .462 with six home runs -- four on a club-record four straight plate appearances -- and 11 RBIs, plus a .462 on-base percentage.

Gonzalez leads the National League in runs (45), slugging percentage (.623) and total bases (129), and his second in RBIs (45).

In 2010, Gonzalez was a Final Vote candidate. He did not win that election but ended up winning the National League batting crown.

The top three outfielders will be the starters. The three leaders are above 1 million -- the Dodgers' Matt Kemp (1,952,910), the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (1,212,030), and the Brewers' Ryan Braun (1,112,971). Gonzalez has 386,860 votes.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 6 p.m. MT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

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 2012 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.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.