Freeman trying to make late push for ASG start

Freeman trying to make late push for ASG start

HOUSTON -- Freddie Freeman received his first All-Star selection when he garnered more votes than any other player in the history of the Final Vote balloting process in 2013. The Braves first baseman will need a similar late push to gain the chance to serve as the National League's starting first baseman at this year's All-Star Game.

When the latest balloting results were revealed on Monday, Freeman ranked third among NL first basemen, trailing the leader Paul Goldschmidt by approximately 850,000 votes and Adrian Gonzalez by approximately 120,000 votes.

Freeman struggled through the latter part of May and early part of June. But he has strengthened his candidacy as he has batted .375 with a 1.030 OPS in his past nine games.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.