All-Star balloting on-line only launched

With the Yankees off to a strong start, it is now up to fans to show their support in the All-Star balloting that began Wednesday to select the starters for the July 14 game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

Yankees nominees by position are catcher Brian McCann, first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Steohen Drew, third baseman Chase Headley, shortstop Didi Gregorius, designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and outfielders Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. There is even room for write-ins (think Chris Young).

Paper balloting has become a thing of the past as this year’s polling to determine the starting lineups for the American and National Leagues will be on-line only. Fans may cast votes up to 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, including yankees.com — on computers, tablets and smartphones — until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time July 2.

“As we launch our annual tradition of All-Star fan voting, Major League Baseball and the Reds look forward to the upcoming celebration of the Midsummer Classic in a city known for its enduring baseball history,” commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Baseball fans represent the heart of our game, and through All-Star balloting, I am proud to bring the best that our sport has to offer to the great fans and community of Cincinnati this summer.”

The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be selected through a combination of balloting by players and choices made by the All-Star managers, the Giants’ Bruce Bochy for the NL and the Royals’ Ned Yost for the AL.

Fans may also access the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (United States) or 101010 (Canada) or VOTA for ballots in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply for up to five messages.

The 86th All-Star Game will be broadcast live on FOX. Fans may visit MLB.com during the game to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.

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