NEW YORK, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As was announced by @MLB at 7 p.m. ET last night, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo passed Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies and the two now are locked in a virtual tie, just ahead of Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton, as Rizzo holds a slim lead (<2%) in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Rizzo's fellow 'Windy City' resident Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox continues to outpace his fellow American League starting pitchers on the other side of the ballot.
Anything can happen beginning at 10 a.m. ET as Twitter voting joins the tens of millions of votes coming today before the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian closes at 4 p.m. ET.
Over the final six hours, tweets using the designated hashtag of any candidate will be counted as part of his final vote tally. With races this close, fan support on Twitter during these final hours of online balloting could play a key role in determining which players take those final two All-Star roster spots.
Current standings and designated Twitter hashtags are:
1.Chris Sale (CWS) - #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) - #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) - #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) - #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) - #VoteKeuchel (A1)
1.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) - #VoteRizzo (N4)
2.Justin Morneau (COL) - # VoteMorneau (N2)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) - #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) - #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) - #VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)
Where are these millions of online votes coming from? Click here to access the data visualization map.
To receive the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian mobile ballot, text "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a player, text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available by texting the choice to 10101.
The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15. The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.