CHICAGO -- Yes, Starlin Castro forgot how many outs there were in an inning recently in San Francisco. But on Sunday, he also displayed a maturity that shows what the Cubs' shortstop can do. And it could help him get to his second All-Star Game.
Castro is currently third in the balloting among National League shortstops, released on Tuesday. He trails the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, who has 1,200,256 votes, and the Cardinals' Rafael Furcal, who has 1,183,096 votes. Castro has received 738,771 votes so far.
In the seventh inning on Sunday, the Twins had one out and a runner on second base when Drew Butera hit a ball to Castro at Target Field. Castro couldn't get his glove on the ball for an error, but instead of pouting, he ran after the ball and recovered in time to throw out the baserunner at home.
"It was a momentum switch, and then it switched right back in our favor in a couple seconds," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It was heads up that you like to see from anybody. A lot of guys might have put their head down because they made the error. That was huge for him to jump on the ball and throw home."
Castro's goal is to win a Gold Glove. He also wants to be a regular on All-Star teams, and could represent the Cubs this year. So could first baseman Bryan LaHair, who is fifth among NL first basemen, trailing the Reds' Joey Votto, who leads the field with 2,108,725 votes. The Cardinals' Lance Berkman is second (851,373 votes) in the latest balloting, followed by the Braves' Freddie Freeman (828,759) and the Giants' Brandon Belt (563,708). LaHair has received 514,809 votes.
LaHair, 29, was batting .310 with 12 home runs and 25 RBIs in 52 games this season.
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 10:59 p.m. CT.
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 7 p.m. CT 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.
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 also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
Castro, 22, was the Cubs' lone All-Star representative last year.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.