Record voting as Longoria, Hart lead first update

More than 11 million votes were cast exclusively at in the opening 24 hours of the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote, with rookie third baseman Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay and second-year outfielder Corey Hart of Milwaukee at the top of the early returns.

After one day, they are so tightly bunched that the most noteworthy development is not so much the order of positioning as it is the volume of overall balloting. This record-setting vote total for the first day of balloting represents an increase of 115 percent compared to the same period in 2007. Balloting will conclude at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, and one nominee from each league will get to suit up for the 79th All-Star Game on July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

Longoria is followed in a tightly packed American League group by outfielder Jermaine Dye of the White Sox, first baseman Jason Giambi of the Yankees, second baseman Brian Roberts of the Orioles and outfielder Jose Guillen of the Royals.

In the National League, Hart has a narrow lead over third baseman David Wright of the Mets, who is closely followed by three outfielders: Pat Burrell of the Phillies, Aaron Rowand of the Giants and Carlos Lee of the Astros. More >


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