DENVER -- Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is gaining All-Star numbers, even if he isn't gaining ground in voting for a starting spot on the National League roster in the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City on July 10. Gonzalez went into Tuesday night's game against the Nationals leading the NL with 161 total bases. He also led the league in runs, with 53. He was third in slugging percentage at .599, home runs with 17 and RBIs with 52, and he was sixth in batting average at .327. However, Gonzalez held steadily at 11th place in fan balloting for the three starting positions, according to this week's update, with 1,506,613 votes. He is more likely to be invited, for the first time in his career, via player balloting.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki holds second place at his position, with the Cardinals Rafael Furcal leading. However, Tulowitzki underwent surgery to clear scar tissue that was impacting a nerve I his left groin, and will not be active for the game. 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 at 9:59 p.m. MT. 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. If you can't attend the All-Star Week festivities at Kauffman Stadium, come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage. 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
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