DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been invited to the last two All-Star Games and appears to be building his candidacy for a third.Tulowitzki entered Wednesday night's game against the Astros on an eight-game hitting streak during which he hit .406 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs. Tulowitzki and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez are the team's main candidates. "It's always an honor to make two of them -- the first one I didn't get to play in [because of a wrist injury] and last year I got to start [because of Jose Reyes' injury], which was pretty neat," Tulowitzki said. "Everybody's main goal is to play for their team and help their team win games, but at the same time when you get recognized for the All-Star Game or get voted in by your peers or the fans out there, it's something you take to heart." Rockies fans can keep up with the latest on Tweet the Vote.
Tulowitzki is hoping the Rockies (19-29, fourth in the National League West) are relevant in the standings at All-Star time and beyond. It's been difficult. The offense is producing, but a mostly young pitching staff has been responsible for a lot of the team's struggles. If he does go to Kansas City for the All-Star Game on July 10, he wants to be representing a rising or a contending team, not a rebuilding one."I just don't like to hear that word because I signed here long-term to play with some good teams and not be a part of rebuilding," Tulowitzki said. "We have some pieces here not too many teams have. You never like to hear that word because it means the year is over and you're looking to the next one." Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll, and will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9. The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium In Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. 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. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
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