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Hot start could earn Utley another All-Star nod

Hot start could earn Utley another All-Star nod play video for Hot start could earn Utley another All-Star nod

Second baseman Chase Utley was a mainstay on the National League All-Star team from 2006 to 2010, and fans voted him as the starter in each of those five seasons.

Knee injuries in 2011 and 2012 kept Utley far removed from All-Star consideration, and he missed a month in 2013 because of a strained oblique, which also kept him out of the conversation. But a hot start in the first month of the 2014 season could help him get back to the All-Star Game, which will be played on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

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First baseman Ryan Howard and shortstop Jimmy Rollins also have been hitting the ball well the first few weeks of the season. If Howard keeps hitting home runs and driving in baserunners, he could find himself in the mix at first base. He is a three-time All-Star, but has not been there since 2010.

Rollins, a three-time All-Star, hasn't made the team since 2005.

In-stadium voting for Utley, Howard, Rollins and the Phillies' five other positions players is available from May 5 through June 15 at Citizens Bank Park.

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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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 Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the U.S. beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, 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.

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

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