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07/04/10 7:54 PM ET

Zimmerman looks to be fans' final choice

WASHINGTON -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a chance to make his second All-Star appearance, as he was named one of the finalists in the 2010 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote on Sunday.

Zimmerman, who was not available for comment, is having one of the better seasons of his career, hitting .280 with 13 home runs, 40 RBIs and a team-high 48 runs scored. He is arguably the best defensive third baseman in baseball.

"I know Zim is still in the running for a spot, so hopefully that happens, too," manager Jim Riggleman said.

Zimmerman is looking to make his second All-Star appearance. The first came last year at Busch Stadium as the American League defeated the National League, 4-3.

Zimmerman entered the game in the fifth inning and went 0-for-2. He received his first at-bat in the bottom of the fifth against Tigers right-hander Edwin Jackson. Zimmerman took an 0-1 pitch and hit the ball to deep center field, but it was caught by Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton.

Facing Twins closer Joe Nathan in the eighth inning, Zimmerman swung at the first pitch and flied out to Orioles right fielder Adam Jones for the second out of the inning.

Teammate Willie Harris believes Zimmerman should be an All-Star for the second year in a row.

"Zim is just an all-around All-Star, regardless if he makes the All-Star team or not," Harris said. "He is an All-Star in our locker room -- he is a leader, and he's our guy. That's all [there is] to it. He's a star, even when he's not playing baseball. He's an All-Star guy."

Now in its ninth year, the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show and continues until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Mobile voting in the U.S. is exclusive to Sprint, Nextel and Boost subscribers. To receive the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 1122. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 1122. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Messaging and data rates may apply. Mobile voting in Canada is open to all carriers; fans should text their choices to 88555. Standard rates may apply.

The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and this week the final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.

The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.