Bell edged out in fan voting for All-Star Game

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell did not win the popular vote by the fans for the July 9 Major League All-Star Game in Cleveland.

In a close vote, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman edged out Bell, 38.5 percent to 37.4, and will start at first base for the National League.

Results from fan balloting were revealed Thursday.

Bell could still be a starter, but as the designated hitter.

The rest of the 32-man rosters for each league, including the DH for the NL, will be determined by player balloting and selections from the Commissioner’s Office. Those All-Stars will be announced Sunday.

Bell is hitting .311 with 22 homers and 70 RBIs, and Freeman is hitting .312 with 22 homers and 63 RBIs.