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Gonzalez fourth among first basemen

Gonzalez fourth among NL first basemen

SAN DIEGO -- Adrian Gonzalez, currently fourth among National League first basemen in All-Star Game balloting, might be on the verge of a historic month of June, as his on-base percentage grows and the number of pitches he sees continues to shrink.

Gonzalez, a first-time All-Star a year ago, could very well end up in the All-Star Game again this season, as he ranks behind leader Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder.

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Gonzalez might have to make it to the July 14 All-Star Game in St. Louis to get a pitch to hit.

In his first 16 games in June, Gonzalez had a .534 on-base percentage and had twice as many walks (26) as hits (13). He finished with more hits than walks in April and May, though that might be tough to pull off this month as teams pitch around him.

"In the last year or so, he has emerged as one of the top offensive and defensive players in this league ... and has done so in a very, very tough hitters' park," San Diego general manager Kevin Towers. "He has shown he can win games with his bat and his glove."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.

The other Padres on the All-Star ballot are catcher Nick Hundley, shortstop Luis Rodriguez, second baseman David Eckstein, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and outfielders Chase Headley and Brian Giles.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Corey Brock 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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