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07/06/2010 1:22 PM ET
Vote Red! Reds, Red Sox Join Forces To Push Final Vote Candidates Votto & Youkilis
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BOSTON & CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox have formed an alliance to co-promote their respective first basemen and 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote ballot nominees, Joey Votto of the Reds and Cincinnati native Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox.

Votto leads the National League in HR (21), total bases (173), on-base percentage (.418), slugging percentage (.599), hitting vs RHP (.347) and home run ratio (1hr/13.8ab). He ranks among the NL leaders' Top 5 in 11 offensive categories and ranks among the NL leaders' Top 10 in 15 categories.

Votto is third in the league in hitting, first in home runs and T4th in RBI. According to Elias Sports Bureau, since the current qualifier rules for the batting average leader went into effect in 1957, Boog Powell (1966) is the only player to rank in the Top 5 in his league's hitting, HR and RBI categories at the break and not make the All-Star team.

The Reds also are urging their fans to vote for local native Youkilis, a 1997 graduate of Sycamore High School and a 2-time All-American at the University of Cincinnati.

For the Sox this season the former Bearcat is hitting .299 with 17 HR and 55 RBI. Youkilis leads the Major Leagues in runs scored (66) and ranks among American League leaders in HR (T-7th), RBI (T-8th), total bases (9th, 163), walks (2nd, 51), on-base percentage (3rd, .416), slugging percentage (4th, .586) and extra-base hits (5th, 41).

The Red Sox and the Reds are collaborating in a variety of ways to encourage fans to support Youkilis and Votto with the hope of getting both of these deserving players in to the All-Star Game and getting fans excited for the Midsummer Classic. This includes joint online activations on the two teams' websites, outreach through the teams' social networking pages on Facebook and Twitter, and cross promotion on television and radio game broadcasts.

There is no limit to the number of times fans can vote for Votto and Youkilis at, and The 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote ends at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with the results to be announced later that day.

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