Zimmerman needs online support

Zimmerman needs online support

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman would love to play in the All-Star Game on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but he needs to gain ground when it comes to the All-Star balloting.

After ranking second for four weeks, Zimmerman now is third among National League third basemen, behind the Mets' David Wright and the Braves' Chipper Jones.

Zimmerman is off to the best start of his career, having posted a 30-game hitting streak earlier this season, the longest in baseball in 2009. He also currently is among the league leaders in several offensive categories.

Washington outfielder Adam Dunn also needs votes. For the fourth straight week, Dunn ranks 12th in the voting among NL outfielders. Dunn leads the Nationals in home runs and RBIs.

In-stadium voting has ended, but fans can still vote online for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Pepsi on TBS on Sunday. 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 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 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.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.