Votto, Swisher get All-Star nod

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto will be making his first All-Star appearance next week.  (REUTERS/Ray...

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto will be making his first All-Star appearance next week. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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New York - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher were chosen by fan voting as the final two All-Stars, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Votto won the National League's final vote by garnering 13.7 million votes, edging out Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Atlanta closer Billy Wagner to crack his first Midsummer Classic.

In his third full season, the 26-year-old Votto came into Thursday's action leading the NL in home runs (21), on-base (.417) and slugging percentage (.588).

Over in the American League, Swisher will also make his first All-Star appearance after fending off Boston infielder Kevin Youkilis in the closest race in the nine-year history of this contest. Swisher ended with 9.8 million votes, while Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of the Twins finished 3-5.

In his second season with the Yankees, Swisher is batting a career-high .298 to go with 14 home runs and 48 RBI in 79 games.

Over 52 million votes were cast in the event, which began on Sunday.

The All-Star Game will be held in Anaheim next Tuesday.


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