Utley remains atop NL voting at second

Utley remains atop NL voting at second

PHILADELPHIA -- The latest online All-Star voting totals were released on Monday, and Chase Utley still appears the only Phillie bound for San Francisco.

Utley remains atop the voting among National League second basemen. The Dodgers' Jeff Kent remains in second ahead of the Astros' Craig Biggio, who is pursuing his 3,000th hit. The Mets' Jose Valentin and the Brewers' Rickie Weeks round out the top five in voting for the July 10 game at AT&T Park.

Utley continues to put up All Star-worthy numbers. Through Sunday, he led all second basemen with a .314 average, 54 RBIs and a .572 slugging percentage. He's tied for the NL lead with 12 home runs.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has slipped to fifth, trailing the Mets' Jose Reyes, the Brewers' J.J. Hardy, the Dodgers' Rafael Furcal and the Braves' Edgar Renteria.

Utley's teammate, Ryan Howard, a year removed from bashing a club-record 58 home runs, will need a lot more fan support to get into the Midsummer Classic. He has yet to crack the top five in voting among NL first basemen, which is still a three-way race among the Brewers' Prince Fielder, the Cardinals' Albert Pujols and the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra.

The polls closed at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, but fans still have the opportunity to vote for Howard and Co.

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 June 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans will also be allowed to cast an All-Star vote immediately after the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. 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.

Along with Howard, the Phillies outfield, which ranks among the best defensively in the NL, is in need of fan support. Right fielder Shane Victorino has recorded an NL-best nine assists at his position. Center fielder Aaron Rowand is tops in the league at his position with six assists.

All-Star Game Coverage

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans can participate in the 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.

Stephen Fastenau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.