2012 All-Star Game Final Vote Now Underway; Yu Darvish on A.L. Ballot

American and National League All-Star Team managers Ron Washington and Tony La Russa, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, announced the candidates for the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone (#FinalVote), which is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

Last week, MLB.com closed the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot in record-setting fashion with

391.2 million votes and 34.9 million ballots, setting the stage for the intense, four-day online-only voting for the two remaining All-Star roster spots among the following 10 players:

American League
Jonathan Broxton (KC) - #VoteBroxton (A1) Yu Darvish (TEX) - #VoteYu (A2) Ernesto Frieri (LAA) - #VoteFrieri (A3) Jason Hammel (BAL) - #VoteHammel (A4) Jake Peavy (CWS) - #TakeJake (A5)

National League
Michael Bourn (ATL) - #VoteBourn (N1) David Freese (STL) - #FreesePlease (N2) Bryce Harper (WAS) - #BryceIn12 (N3) Aaron Hill (ARI) - #FinHillVote (N4) Chipper Jones (ATL) - #VoteChipper (N5)

Fans began casting votes for the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone on MLB.com and the Club sites immediately following today's MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell on TBS and can continue voting until balloting concludes at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 5. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes via the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Msg&Data Rates May Apply. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Std rates may apply.

FREE MLB.TV TRIALBaseball fans have cast over 300 million online votes since the All-Star Game Final Vote program's inception in 2002. In recognition of this milepost, MLB.com is giving eligible voters a 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 6-20, 2012. Fans will receive an e-mail notifying them of the instructions for redeeming this All-Star Final Vote offer.

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. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.

MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.