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Dodgers get push on to land Puig on All-Star team

Wednesday - 7/10/2013, 7:58am  ET

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig hits a single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 7, 2013. The Dodgers beat the Giants 4-1. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

AP Sports Writer

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- If Lorena Ramos has any influence, Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig will win the fan voting for a spot on the All-Star team.

The 38-year-old season ticket holder estimates she has texted 5,000 times on Puig's behalf to ensure he lands the last roster spot on the NL team for next week's game at Citi Field in New York.

Ramos was working her phone some more in between watching the Dodgers' road game at Arizona on Tuesday night from Barney's Beanery in Old Town Pasadena, along with other blue-and-white clad fans.

"He's exciting. He brings a lot of energy to the game," said Ramos, of South Gate.

The viewing and voting party was the second of three hosted by the Dodgers around the Los Angeles area to give Puig a final push in the balloting, which ends Thursday at 1 p.m. PDT.

He needs it, too.

Puig trailed first-place Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves entering Tuesday, when more than 33.2 million votes had been cast. Toronto reliever Steve Delabar led voting for the last AL spot.

"I vote every day until I get tired," said Priscilla Cabrera of Silver Lake, who made up her face in blue, red and white paint with Puig's No. 66 in white on her right cheek. She carried a sign that played on the phrase, yes we can, doctoring it to read in Spanish, "Si Se Puige!"

Cabrera uses her cellphone and iPad to vote, estimating she's punched in the code for Puig more than 1,000 times.

"Ever since he got to the Dodgers he's had this impact that has lifted the whole team up from the slump that they were in," the 20-year-old college student said.

The Dodgers have climbed from last place in the NL West to second, 3
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