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McCutchen, Jones need push in All-Star vote

McCutchen, Jones need push in All-Star vote

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The final ballot updates for the 2010 All-Star Game once again show no Pirates among the top vote-getters for any position in the National League.

That's particularly eye-opening in the outfield, as Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones have been swinging hot bats lately in the middle of the Pittsburgh batting order.

For the fourth straight week, the top three NL outfielders remained the same. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (2,262,663 votes) leads all outfielders, with Atlanta rookie sensation Jason Heyward (2,205,534) and the Dodgers' Andre Ethier (2,113,048) in second and third, respectively.

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 Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on Sunday. 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.

McCutchen, the Pirates' No. 3 hitter, is 14th in the NL in batting average (.301), is tied for 10th in hits (83) and is tied for second in steals (19). Among NL outfielders, those numbers rank sixth, fourth and second, respectively.

The cleanup-hitting Jones, meanwhile, saw his career-high 12-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday after an 0-for-3 performance. Still, Jones raised his batting average from .256 -- what it was prior to the streak -- to .284.

"I'm just trying not to do too much," Jones said Wednesday. "I'm just really taking a line-drive approach [to] stay up the middle and not try to pull off the ball. I'm just feeling confident with myself right now."

Jones has two home runs and 11 RBIs since the start of the streak, on June 9. Jones, who is on the ballot as an outfielder but has recently been the Pirates' starting first baseman, is tied for 15th among NL outfielders in home runs (10), is tied for sixth in RBIs (46) and is 12th in batting average.

Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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