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Outfield leaders heavy hitters

NEW YORK -- A day after hitting his 500th home run, Ken Griffey Jr. solidified his spot Monday in fan voting for NL starting slots in the All Star game.

Griffey, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa are the top three among outfielders. If they're elected, it would mark the first time in All-Star history that three members of the 500-homer club would start in the same outfield.

The All-Star teams will be announced July 4. The game will be played July 13 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

Bonds (1,502,397) leads all NL players in the voting. The San Francisco slugger is in line to be elected as a starter for the 11th time.

Griffey (1,325,664) became the 20th player to reach 500 career home runs when he connected for Cincinnati at St. Louis. Sosa (1,124,623) came off the disabled list last week for the Chicago Cubs.

Also leading in NL voting are catcher Mike Piazza (1,188,858) of the New York Mets, first baseman Albert Pujols (1,149,068) and third baseman Scott Rolen (1,310,385) of St. Louis, and second baseman Jeff Kent (1,340,101) and shortstop Adam Everett (725,629) of the Astros.