TORONTO -- Down the stretch they come, with Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez and other Brewers hopefuls running toward a start in the 85th All-Star Game.
Ramirez remained in the lead among National League third basemen and Gomez moved up to second in a tightening race among outfielders as Major League Baseball released its final balloting update on Tuesday. Voting continues at MLB.com through Thursday, and the All-Star teams will be unveiled at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday.
Ramirez remained atop the leaderboard at third base for the second straight week, now with 1,790,777 votes, more than 200,000 ahead of current runner-up David Wright of the Mets. Wright had 1,555,717 votes, followed by the Giants' Pablo Sandoval with 1,406,026 votes.
In the outfield, the race is much tighter. The top three vote-getters will be elected starters, and the leaders are Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (3,173,810 votes), Gomez (3,169,748) and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers (3,001,907). Ryan Braun is currently running fifth, and Khris Davis has moved all the way up to seventh.
Meanwhile, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, first baseman Mark Reynolds and shortstop Jean Segura were second at their positions.
All three would need a huge push to win a start. Lucroy's 2,636,640 votes trail the Cardinals' Yadier Molina's 3,100,939. Reynolds has 1,430,395 votes to D-backs star Paul Goldschmidt's 2,582,955. And with 1,729,054 votes, Segura is more than two million behind leading NL vote-getter Troy Tulowitzki's 3,997,477. Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks also ranked fourth at his position, with just more than 1.1 million votes.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.