Braun continues to lead NL voting
By SPORTS NETWORK
NEW YORK -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun remained the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game among National League players.
In the fourth round of balloting figures, released Monday by Major League Baseball, the left fielder had 3,034,057 votes to again edge Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols for the top spot.
Pujols, the overall leader after the first round, has 2,806,864 votes -- about half a million more than the Reds' Joey Votto, the reigning NL MVP, among first basemen.
However, it's all but certain Pujols will miss the All-Star Game, set for July 12 at Chase Field in Arizona. It was revealed Monday he will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a fracture in his left arm.
In the always-competitive race at first base, Votto has 2,270,211 votes, while Milwaukee's Prince Fielder is third with 2,066,327 and Philadelphia's Ryan Howard has accumulated 1,477,478.
In the outfield, Braun was trailed by Cardinals Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday, and Dodgers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
In a close race at second base, Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips is currently the leading vote-getter with 2,286,378 votes. The Brewers' Rickie Weeks is second with 2,094,502, while the Phillies' Chase Utley has 1,827,194.
Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco leads his position with 2,599,925 votes and is trailed by Atlanta's Chipper Jones and San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Atlanta catcher Brian McCann lead their respective positions.
The next round of National League balloting figures will be released Monday, June 27.