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Nine-time National League All-Star Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the National League in All-Star voting in 2010, is the N.L.'s leading vote-getter in the first N.L. balloting figures for the 82nd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field.
Pujols, a three-time N.L. MVP and five-time fan-elected starter, has started at first base in each of the previous two Midsummer Classics, and has received 988,784 votes, ahead of the N.L.'s reigning MVP, Joey Votto (806,346) of the Cincinnati Reds.
Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies leads the way at shortstop, ranking second overall in the N.L. with 975,777 votes. Tulowitzki, who was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2010, ranks ahead of Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins (454,782).
At second base, Brandon Phillips (837,778) of the Reds, who is seeking his second All-Star selection and first as a starter, ranks ahead of Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks (562,071). Rounding out the infield at third base is Placido Polanco (724,724) of the Philadelphia Phillies, who holds a lead over Atlanta's Chipper Jones (540,168).
Behind the plate, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (785,314) leads 2010 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Brian McCann (633,987) of the Braves.
The N.L. outfield is led by Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, who has totaled 971,809 votes, slightly behind Pujols and Tulowitzki for the N.L. lead. Braun, who has started in the N.L. outfield in each of the last three seasons, is joined by Cardinals teammates Matt Holliday (927,778) and Lance Berkman (872,434), who rank second and third among outfielders, respectively. Holliday, a four-time All-Star, is seeking his first All-Star start while Berkman, the N.L. starting first baseman at the 2008 Midsummer Classic, has represented the N.L. five times during his career. Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a fan-elected starter in 2010, ranks fourth among outfielders with 776,971 votes, followed by his teammate Matt Kemp (549,215) and Jason Heyward (484,291) of the Braves.
The Royals announced tonight that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. Paulino is expected the join the Royals bullpen tomorrow as they open a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers. In a corresponding move, the club designated right-handed pitcher Robinson Tejeda for assignment.
Paulino, 27, was 0-4 in 18 relief appearances for Colorado this season with a 7.36 ERA in 14.2 innings before being designated for assignment on May 22. I Paulino was acquired by the Rockies in exchange for infielder Clint Barmes on November 18, 2010. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he was originally signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent shortstop on July 2, 2001.
The 29-year-old Tejeda was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in nine relief appearances for Kansas City in 2011.
Authorities say a 27-year-old man has died after he fell while sliding down a stair railing at the Rockiesâ€™ stadium in Denver, according to an Associated Press report.
The Denver coronerâ€™s office identified the man Thursday as Robert Seamans of Pueblo.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says the man fell about 20 feet onto concrete during the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on Monday.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow on Tuesday afternoon.
Although the club's official announcement said the next step is being discussed, manager Jim Tracy said De La Rosa is headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
"It's a Tommy John surgery," Tracy said. "It's another card that comes your way, and you have to deal with it."
Police say a 27-year-old man was critically injured when he fell from a stairwell leading to the center field seats at Coors Field during the opener of a doubleheader Tuesday.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the man was hospitalized in critical condition following a fall of approximately 20 feet onto concrete during the seventh inning just after 4 p.m. MT.
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