ARLINGTON -- Prince Fielder is on the cusp of earning the starting nod at first base in the All-Star Game in Kansas City wearing the Old English D. Miguel Cabrera, on the other hand, is going to need a hot finish to earn the start at the hot corner.
With just a few days remaining in the All-Star balloting, the only avenue left for Tigers fans to cast their votes is online at MLB.com. With Fielder and Cabrera, they have two candidates in tight races. In Fielder's case, it's not nearly as tight as it was a week ago, and that's a good thing for him.
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 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The balloting update released by Major League Baseball on Monday showed Fielder with a 564,144-vote lead over Paul Konerko of the White Sox, nearly twice as large a gap as he enjoyed a week ago. That leaves him poised to become the first Tigers first baseman to be voted into the All-Star starting lineup since his father, Cecil, 20 years ago.
Cabrera is the last Tigers first baseman to start in an All-Star Game, but he was an injury replacement. His move to third base ideally would have given him a better shot at the starting nod, but his chances are fading.
Cabrera has a 381,494-vote deficit to try to make up on Adrian Beltre of the Rangers at third base. The gap has opened little by little each week, a trend he would have to dramatically reverse to have a shot.
The only other Tigers player mentioned on the latest balloting update is Austin Jackson, whose standout production since his return from the disabled list has helped him crack the top 10 among AL outfielders. He currently stands eighth.
In addition to All-Star balloting, 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 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 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.
And the voting doesn't end there. 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 in Kansas City 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 provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.