Speedsters in All-Star Game hunt
Crawford, Upton need help though to go to San Francisco
ST. PETERSBURG -- The final week of online voting is now complete, and both Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton hold strong on the ballot for the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Crawford is still one of the top 15 vote-getters in the outfield, the leader of whom is the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero. The 25-year-old has eight triples this season, second-most in the American League behind Detroit's Curtis Granderson (13). Crawford also has 19 stolen bases, the AL's fourth-best.
The Rays left fielder has 73 career triples, ninth-best before age 26. Since the start of the 2003 season, Crawford's 67 three-baggers are 19 more than any other Major Leaguer.
Crawford was hitting .296 this season heading into Saturday, and is 9-for-18 over his last five games. What's more, he leads the Rays in runs (39), hits (85), RBIs (45), doubles (18), triples and stolen bases.
He represented Tampa Bay for the 2005 All-Star Game.
Upton is back in fifth place in a close battle for the second-base spot on the All-Star roster that's led by Detroit's Placido Polanco. The 23-year-old is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps, but the Rays don't think it's anything that'll hamper the talented youngster for too much longer.
Before the injury, Upton was hitting a team-best .320 (64-for-200) with 16 doubles, a triple, nine homers, 35 RBIs, 22 walks and 13 stolen bases. He was slated to come off the DL on Sunday, but there is no word yet on exactly when he's expected to make his return.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. In-stadium polls at Tropicana Field closed on June 14, during the Rays' series finale against San Diego.
Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday. Baseball fans around the world will be able to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.
Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.
Dawn Klemish is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.