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Send Harper, other Nats to All-Star Game

Send Harper, other Nats to All-Star Game

WASHINGTON -- Eight members of the Nationals -- Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Bryce Harper, Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman -- have a chance to be voted onto the National League All-Star team, thanks to their inclusion on the official 2013 All-Star ballot.

Of the eight, Harper is off to the strongest start. He leads the Nationals in almost every offensive category, including home runs and RBIs, and is looking to participate in his second All-Star Game.

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Teammate Kurt Suzuki predicts that Harper will get even better as the season rolls along.

"He can hit. He is pretty special," Suzuki said. "The way he goes about it, it's awesome. He hits the ball to all fields. He hits the ball over the fence to all fields. When a guy can do that, he is dangerous. His contact rate is pretty amazing. He battles offspeed pitches. He is not just a power guy, he is a good hitter."

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

In-stadium voting at Nationals Park starts Thursday and ends June 25.

Fans can also once again participate in the 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 Home Run Derby. Harper can be voted into the Derby. The 2013 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 15.

The 2013 American League and NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7, on the 2013 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 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com 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 2013 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 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 84th 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 SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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.

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