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Bell advances in All-Star voting


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Josh Bell has moved into the “general election” phase of the All-Star Game voting.

Bell is one three finalists to be the National League’s starting first-baseman along with the Braves’ Freddie Freeman and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo. The game will be played July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Major League Baseball revamped the voting process. The first round of voting was called the “primary election” and the top three vote getters at each position except outfield advanced to the “general election.” The top nine outfielders advanced.

Freeman led the “primary” balloting with 2,214,793 votes. Bell was second with 1,831,933 and Rizzo was third 1,545,682.

Bell was the only Pirates’ player to advance.

Balloting for the starters will be conducted from noon Tuesday until 4 p.m. Wednesday at

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