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SAN FRANCISCO -- Online-only voting for the 2014 All-Star Game commenced Thursday, which signaled the arrival of the final push for this year's balloting. The Giants have the National League's second-best record but no players atop their positions in the voting.

Each of the team's three starting outfielders is in striking distance of the current would-be NL starters. Angel Pagan is seventh, Michael Morse is eighth and Hunter Pence is 10th among NL outfielders. Morse trails third-place Carlos Gomez by a tad less than 1.5 million votes, but the impact he's made in his first season as a Giant -- especially in the power department -- has made Morse a worthy candidate for All-Star inclusion.

While the Giants have maintained throughout the season that they don't care about All-Star appearances, Morse has a case to make his third All-Star Game. His .281 batting average is a significant increase from his .215 mark in 2013 and he leads the team in both home runs (13) and RBIs (44).

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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