Votto, Braun and Pujols battle for votes

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, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

NEW YORK -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has surged ahead as the leading vote-getter among National League players in the second balloting figures for the 2011 All-Star game.

Braun crept ahead of the previous leader, Albert Pujols, and now has 1,588,342 votes overall.

Pujols, a three-time NL MVP and five-time fan-elected All-Star starter, holds a slight lead over reigning NL MVP and Toronto native Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds for the top spot among first basemen. Pujols has garnered 1,479,320 while Votto closed the gap to 1,310,755. Milwaukee's Prince Fielder remained in third with 943,364

Atlanta Braves backstop Brian McCann has the overall edge amongst catchers, rising to the top with 1,123,943 votes. Reigning Rookie of the Year Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, who led all catchers after the initial tabulation, slipped to second. He is done for the season following a violent collision at the plate last week which required surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle but still ranks second at 1,1065,983.

At second base, the Reds' Brandon Phillips is still tops with 1,331,568 votes, a significantly higher number of votes than the Brewers' Rickie Weeks has received (982,561). Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who only recently began to play because of injuries, sits in third place at 957,196.

The Phillies' Placido Polanco remained the front-runner at the hot corner with 1,303,817 votes, while Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves sits second with a distant 872,052. The third spot is currently held by Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants (784,206).

Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki holds first spot at shortstop with 1,409,806. Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (785,703) and Jose Reyes of the New York Mets (774,629) are a distant second and third, respectively.

The top three outfield spots are held once again by Braun, Matt Holliday (1,407,781) and Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals (1,382,436).

The National League and American League teams will be announced on July 3. Fans will vote in nine starters for the American League and eight for the National League. The pitchers and benches for both sides, 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL, will be selected by the players and the two All-Star managers.

After the 33-player teams are announced on Sunday, fans will select the 34th player for each league's roster in Final Vote balloting.

The game itself will take place on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.


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