July 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Tigers' Rick Porcello running third in All-Star fan vote

Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, above, trails Chris Sale of the White Sox and Garrett Richards of the Angels in the American League All-Star fan vote. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Detroit Rick Porcello's bid to make his first All-Star Game needs more help from Tigers fans.

The Tigers starting pitcher is running third among "Final Vote" candidates, according to an update released Tuesday afternoon by Major League Baseball.

White Sox ace Chris Sale is leading the American League in fan votes, which can be submitted via text message or at MLB.com. Garrett Richards of the Angels is close behind Sale.

Then there's Porcello (11-4), followed by Corey Kluber of the Indians and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros.

Whoever wins the AL fan vote might not be the only one who lands on the team. It's very likely AL manager John Farrell of the Red Sox will need to add more pitchers to replace the ones who bow out. It already looks like Rangers ace Yu Darvish and Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka could be unavailable to pitch in the All-Star Game.

In the National League, meanwhile, Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau leads the way and figures to be a runaway winner, given the passionate Twins fans who also are voting for him, hoping for an emotional homecoming at Target Field on July 15.

Running behind Morneau are Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Braves outfielder Justin Upton, Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon and Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee.

Voting continues until 4 p.m. Thursday.

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