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Zimmerman, Pudge have shot at All-Star nod

Zimmerman, Pudge have shot at All-Star nod

WASHINGTON -- Known as the face of the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman plays spectacular defense at third base and swings a mean stick at the plate. That explains why he ranks fifth among National League third baseman in the All-Star balloting, with 385,385 votes, behind Placido Polanco of the Phillies, David Wright of the Mets, Chipper Jones of the Braves and Casey McGehee of the Brewers.

Zimmerman, who is looking to make his second All-Star appearance, is hitting .306 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs entering Tuesday's action.

"Zim is just an all-around All-Star, regardless if he makes the All-Star team or not," teammate Willie Harris said. "He is an All-Star in our locker room -- he is a leader, and he's our guy. That's all to it. He's a star, even when he's not playing baseball. He's an All-Star guy."

Zimmerman isn't the only one who has a chance to make the All-Star team. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez continues to get votes, and he ranks fourth, with 577,022 votes, ahead of the Dodgers' Russell Martin. Cardinals receiver Yadier Molina continues to lead NL catchers, with 762,875 votes, ahead of Atlanta's Brian McCann and Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz.

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 July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. 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, to be played in Anaheim on July 13, 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.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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