#VoteJUP looks for Twitter support in Final Vote race
Left fielder third in National League balloting; tweet #VoteJUP until 4 p.m. ET today
NEW YORK -- Braves left fielder Justin Upton remains in third place as this year's 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian enters its final hours. To gain a spot on the National League's All-Star roster, he will need to overtake the Rockies' Justin Morneau and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, who jumped ahead of Morneau for first place on Thursday.
#VoteJUP seems destined to be one of Twitter's most popular trending topics today, as the social media outlet provides a voting option. Every Tweet that includes #VoteJUP, until polling closes at 4 p.m. ET, will count as a vote for Upton.
The hashtags and text designations are as follows:
Dallas Keuchel: #VoteKeuchel (A1)
Corey Kluber: #VoteKluber (A2)
Rick Porcello: #PickRick (A3)
Garrett Richards: #VoteGRich (A4)
Chris Sale: #TargetSale (A5)
Casey McGehee: #VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)
Justin Morneau: #VoteMorneau (N2)
Anthony Rendon: #VoteRendon (N3)
Anthony Rizzo: #VoteRizzo (N4)
Justin Upton: #VoteJUp (N5)
Final Vote candidates
|P||Dallas Keuchel, HOU|
|P||Corey Kluber, CLE|
|P||Rick Porcello, DET|
|P||Garrett Richards, LAA|
|P||Chris Sale, CWS|
|1B||Justin Morneau, COL|
|2B||Anthony Rendon, WAS|
|1B||Anthony Rizzo, CHC|
|3B||Casey McGehee, MIA|
|OF||Justin Upton, ATL|
Explaining the Twitter angle might not be necessary for Braves fans, who used this option to help Freddie Freeman garner more votes than any player in Final Vote history last year. Atlanta fans also helped former Braves center fielder Michael Bourn garner more Twitter votes than any other Final Vote candidate in 2012.
The Braves wore #VoteJUP T-shirts during batting practice before Wednesday night's game against the Mets.
"It has been a great experience," Upton said. "I'm just having fun with it and enjoying the interaction I have had with the fans. There are five guys with great numbers on that ballot. Every guy is deserving. So I just look at it as, may the best man win."
Immediately following the announcement of the American League and NL All-Star rosters on Sunday, fans began voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each league until the winners are announced after the voting concludes today at 4 p.m.
Fans can also cast votes on the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the Final Vote ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text their choice to 89269. For example: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.
The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again allow fans to help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.