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Bryce Harper Charges to the Front in Early NL All-Star Voting

Washington Nationals v San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 29: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants goes after Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals after Harper charged the mound from being hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland #60 in the top of the eighth inning at AT&T Park on May 29, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Giants Michael Morse #38 jumps in the middle as National’s Daniel Murphy #20 tries to pull Harper away. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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This is not the first press release from MLB about Bryce Harper I expected today, but we’ll go with this until they decide to suspend him later.

The first National League All-Star balloting update was announced this morning and the Nationals’ outfielder leads all vote-getters with 900,079 total votes. Assuming this pace keeps up, and it likely will, he’ll get a starting nod for the third straight year and his fourth overall fan-elected start.

Behind Harper in the vote totals are Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies and Jason Heyward of the Cubs. Then comes the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber, followed by Matt Kemp.

Here are the early results:

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