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Fans help Beltran keep pace on ballot

Fans help Beltran keep pace on ballot

NEW YORK -- To say that Carlos Beltran's production has dropped off somewhat would be to speak in relative terms. Beltran is still one of the most consistent run producers in the National League, as evidenced by his five RBIs in three games last week against the Phillies.

Beltran may not be hitting .388 anymore -- as he did for the month of April -- but the Mets are fine with that.

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And so, too, are fans. Beltran remains among the three outfield leaders in the latest round of All-Star Game balloting, released on Monday. Trailing only Raul Ibanez of the Phillies and Ryan Braun of the Brewers, Beltran is leading a list of outfielders that includes some familiar faces -- including the other two Phillies regulars, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth -- in his quest to represent the NL at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday, July 14.

Fans can cast their votes for starting players as often as 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2.

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 there is additional voting after that. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the 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.

Beltran isn't the only Met in the running. David Wright still leads all third basemen in voting, with Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals and Chipper Jones of the Braves on his tail. Wright, Beltran, left-hander Johan Santana and closer Francisco Rodriguez all appear on track to represent the Mets in St. Louis.

The only other Met ranking in the top five at his position in fan balloting is shortstop Jose Reyes, whose assignment to the disabled list has cost him significant voting support in recent weeks.

Anthony DiComo 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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