Buck, Teahen need big late push

Buck, Teahen need big late push

Royals' fans have just a couple of days left to vote for their favorite K.C. players for the All-Star Game, to be played on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Similar to past weeks, no Royal ranks in the top five at any infield position, nor in the top 15 at any outfield spot.

Catcher John Buck and outfielder Mark Teahen are still continuing their fine seasons, seasons that are better than some of the players who have received more votes at their respective positions.

Buck continues to have his best season as a Major Leaguer, blasting 13 homers entering Tuesday's action. He ranks second behind Cleveland's Victor Martinez's 14 among American League catchers.

Usually batting third in the Royals' lineup, Teahen ranks in the top 15 among outfielders in nearly every single offensive category entering Tuesday with a .290 average, .366 on-base percentage, 32 walks, 82 hits and 40 RBIs.

Mike Sweeney is the last Royals position player to make the All-Start team, in 2005.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB "All-Star Game Selection Show" presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

All-Star Game Coverage
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

Conor Nicholl is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.