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Stanton, McGehee seek final All-Star push

Stanton, McGehee seek final All-Star push

MIAMI -- Among the top outfielders in the National League, Giancarlo Stanton's numbers stand out as the best.

Still, the Marlins slugger must make up ground on the final day of fan voting to secure a starting spot in the All-Star Game. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, and Stanton ranked fourth in voting among outfielders.

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"I know I talk about it all the time, how much he means to our team," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We need to get him in that starting lineup. He deserves that."

The numbers tell the story. Stanton paced the NL in home runs (21) and RBIs (61), heading into Thursday's game. Across the board, his numbers in a variety of categories all stand out. Stanton's slash line was .313/.412/.585.

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates led NL outfielders in voting. He had a slash line of .313/.419/.519, with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. Carlos Gomez of the Brewers, in second place, was hitting .306/.372/.516, with 13 homers and 45 RBIs. Yasiel Puig was third, hitting .314/.401/.518, including 11 homers and 46 RBIs.

Stanton isn't the only Marlins position player worthy of votes. Casey McGehee led NL third basemen in batting average (.312) and RBIs (49).

"We'd love to have both Stanton and Casey McGehee in that All-Star Game," Redmond said. "You think about a great story, and where he was last year."

McGehee spent 2013 in Japan, and he's making a case as an All-Star and Comeback Player of the Year.

"Coming back and making the most of it," Redmond said. "Great guy. Great clubhouse guy. Look at what he's been able to do. Big hit after big hit. He's an All-Star on our team, absolutely."

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 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Stanton is expected to make the overall roster, and he could be a designated hitter option if he isn't voted in as a starting outfielder. The Miami standout also has committed to participating in the Home Run Derby.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less