LaRoche in running for NL All-Star nod at first

LaRoche in running for NL All-Star nod at first

LaRoche in running for NL All-Star nod at first
WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is off to a good start this season. Entering Tuesday's action against the Mets, LaRoche was hitting .276 and leading the Nationals in home runs and RBIs.

Those numbers are good enough to rank fifth among National League first basemen in the All-Star balloting. He has 331,772 votes, while Reds first baseman Joey Votto is the leading vote-getter with 1,314,516 votes.

"Adam has done so well this year. He has really kept us afloat. He deserves [to be an All-Star]," Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond said. "His defense is unbelievable. As infielders, we have that extra comfort knowing that you can throw in [his direction] and he is either going to catch it or keep it in front of him. He is going to make a smart decision. All we have to do is get the ball to him.

"Offensively, he has been a horse. With [Ryan Zimmerman] being down, [Michael] Morse being out and Jayson [Werth] being out, he has kept us afloat. He has been unbelievable."

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 11:59 p.m. ET.

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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and NL 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 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.

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.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.