Ruiz moves up, and back, in All-Star voting

Ruiz moves up, and back, in All-Star voting

Ruiz moves up, and back, in All-Star voting
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Ruiz moved up a spot, but has lost ground in National League All-Star voting.

Major League Baseball issued its latest update Tuesday and Ruiz, who was in fourth place and nearly 450,000 votes behind the leader last week, moved up to third, but is now 522,645 votes behind Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Ruiz has 1,191,194 votes.

Posey has 1,713,839 votes, and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who is second, has 1,576,199 votes.

Ruiz leads NL catchers in batting (.347), slugging (.555) and OPS (.954). He is tied for the lead with 33 RBIs, and is second in home runs (eight) and on-base percentage (.399).

Jimmy Rollins is fourth among shortstops, Placido Polanco is fifth among third basemen, Hunter Pence is seventh among outfielders and Shane Victorino is ninth among outfielders.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official 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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd 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 national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.