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Rockies' Tulowitzki leader in All-Star voting

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 04 2014 02:57:15 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 04 2014 09:48:13 AM CDT
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies, May 2014

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

DENVER -

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki led all National League players in the first round of All-Star voting, and Tuesday, he became the leader among all major league players when the second ballot update for the National League was announced.

With 1,419,718 votes, Tulowitzki moved ahead of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who leads the American League with 1,361,649 votes.

"It's always nice to be recognized by the fans," Tulowitzki said. "Right now, I think my main focus is just trying to help the Rockies win games and let that stuff take care of itself."

Tulowitzki hit his 15th home run in the ninth inning and his 23rd against the Diamondbacks -- his most against any opponent -- but the Rockies lost 4-2 on Tuesday.

The Rockies have never had the leading vote-getter for an All-Star Game.

The NL has had the top vote-getter just four times -- Ryne Sandberg in 1991, Barry Bonds in 1993 and Albert Pujols in 2006 and 2009 since the league had the overall leader in six straight seasons from 1984-1989.

Tulowitzki is trying to become the first NL shortstop to earn consecutive fan-elected starts since Hanley Ramirez did so from 2008-2010.

Tulowitzki would become just the third Rockies player to earn multiple All-Star elections, joining first baseman Todd Helton and right fielder Larry Walker, both of whom were voted a starter three times.