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Renteria or Everett; Matsui or Suzuki -- too close to call
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06/29/2004 10:29 AM ET
Renteria or Everett; Matsui or Suzuki -- too close to call
All-Star Game starters to be determined exclusively on MLB.com with voting now in its final two days
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NEW YORK -- With the Ameriquest In-Stadium, Pepsi Retail and International Balloting Programs now closed and a number of races that remain way too close to call, fans around the globe can continue to cast their final votes for the 2004 All-Star Starters via the Ameriquest All-Star Online Balloting Program exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30.

Fans have a real opportunity to make a difference. In the National League, Edgar Renteria of the St. Louis Cardinals leads Adam Everett of the Houston Astros by only six votes in the race for starting shortstop. Renteria has amassed 986,688 votes to surpass Everett's 986,682 entering the final days of balloting. A native of Colombia, Renteria is seeking his second consecutive election as a starter for the Senior Circuit and is currently batting .280 with 32 RBI and 43 runs scored for the first place St. Louis Cardinals.

There's also a heated contest in the American League where Hideki Matsui of the New York Yankees has moved into the third American League outfield spot and holds a 57,019-vote lead over Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners in balloting results for the 75th All-Star Game, to be played Tuesday, July 13 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, it was announced today.

For the second consecutive season, the outcome of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will impact postseason play, as the team representing the winning League in this year's Midsummer Classic will have home field advantage in the 2004 World Series.

The 2004 American and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Pepsi, which will air live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, July 4. This special program will feature the announcement of the 16 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 46 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the Player Ballot and the two All-Star Team managers - Jack McKeon of the Florida Marlins and Joe Torre of the New York Yankees - and Major League Baseball.

Immediately following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Pepsi on ESPN, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each League's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from two lists of five players from each League over a three-day period. Both winners of the Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote will be announced after the voting has concluded on Wednesday, July 7.

The 75th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB.com Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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