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Ian Kennedy Has Outside Chance at Landing Last-Minute Spot in All-Star Game

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The starting lineup for next week's MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field this isn't what you'd call stellar, to say the least.

Thanks to injuries, a number of baseball's biggest superstars will be absent from the midsummer classic this Tuesday, including Saint Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (among others). Even worse, the hosting Arizona Diamondbacks only have a single player in the lineup in Justin Upton.

That could change within the next few hours, however, as Ian Kennedy has an outside shot at making the All-Star Game. But only if Diamondbacks fans cast their vote before this afternoon, that is.

The D-Backs pitcher is one of five National League baseballers vying for a last-minute spot in the midsummer classic via MLB's All-Star Game Final Vote. Kennedy is competing for the spot, which is determined by an online vote, against such players as Washington Nationals' first baseman Michael Morse and L.A. Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier.

Based on how he's been playing as of late, including getting rocked for 11 runs this past week in outings against the Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers, Kennedy's more than deserving of a spot on the All-Star roster. He's been relatively reliable and consistent all season long, accumulating an admirable 8-3 record and 3.38 ERA, as well as 103 strikeouts.

Diamondbacks fans can cast their votes for Kennedy up until Arizona time tomorrow via this page on the MLB website. According to the current tally, Kennedy's lagging behind front-runner Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies, so be sure to hit the refresh button on your browser and vote again.

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