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Porcello pledges donation for Final Vote tweets

Tigers right-hander will give up to $21,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America

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DETROIT -- Whether or not Rick Porcello's Twitter push on Thursday in the closing hours of the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian polling is enough to land him a spot on the American League All-Star team, he is going to try to ensure it makes a difference.

For the final hours before voting wrapped up at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, Porcello pledged to donate 21 cents for every Twitter vote he received to go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With a $21,000 limit, he'll be making a donation for up to 100,000 votes.

For Porcello (#PickRick), who has quietly been an active supporter of charitable causes, it's a way to make an impact off the field with his Final Vote candidacy, no matter the end result. Considering he turned his old jersey number into a charitable effort for Hurricane Sandy relief two years ago -- getting a donation from Torii Hunter in exchange for No. 48 -- it's no surprise.

It's also a way for Porcello to show his gratitude for the support he has received, not just from the Tigers, but nationwide.

"I'm not used to that kind of attention. I'm definitely flattered by it for sure," Porcello said Wednesday. "It's pretty cool to see people that are supporting you. On a completely personal level, that's definitely very nice. I'm very thankful.

"It's been a new experience for me in my career, and it's been something -- whether I win it or not -- that I'll never forget. It's been a pretty cool couple of days."

Porcello has sat in third place in the voting all week, trailing White Sox lefty Chris Sale and Angels hurler Garrett Richards.

For the third consecutive year, the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote will include social balloting participation, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates' fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. Until 4 p.m. ET, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners. Fans will be able to follow @MLB for the latest standings updates over the course of the entire four-day voting period.

The hashtags and text designations are as follows:

AL nominees

  • Dallas Keuchel: #VoteKeuchel (A1)
  • Corey Kluber: #VoteKluber (A2)
  • Rick Porcello: #PickRick (A3)
  • Garrett Richards: #VoteGRich (A4)
  • Chris Sale: #TargetSale (A5)

NL nominees

Fans can also cast votes on the mobile web at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the Final Vote ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text their choice to 89269. For example: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again allow fans to help choose the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com and via Twitter in the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers, for the first time, will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 platforms that support MLB.TV, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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