DETROIT AND SAN FRANCISCO- The defending American League Champion Detroit Tigers and defending National League Champion San Francisco Giants announced today a special partnership encouraging fans to vote to #BackBenoit and #VotePence for Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence for the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote presented by

Fans can vote for Benoit and Pence online at or, or text “A1” for Benoit and “N4” for Pence to 89269 in the United States. Standard message and data rates may apply. Mobile voting is also available in Canada by texting the player codes to 101010. Fans have until 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 11 to vote. There is NO LIMIT to the number of times fans may vote in All-Star Game Final Vote. The winners will be chosen exclusively by fan voting totals.

For the second consecutive year, the All-Star Game Final Vote will also include a social balloting element, as the support for each of the 10 candidates’ official hashtags over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 11 any tweet that includes #BackBenoit or #VotePence will be counted towards the official vote totals used to determine the Final Vote winners for the American and National League.

Tigers fans who vote for Benoit at least 100 times on in the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote presented by, are eligible to be entered into a random drawing to win a meet and greet with Joaquin Benoit on the field prior to a game at Comerica Park. The prize includes two infield box seats and parking.

In addition, fans who #BackBenoit and follow the Tigers on Twitter (@tigers) and Instagram (@tigers) will have the opportunity to win special prizes including game tickets, autographed memorabilia and unique game experiences.

Joaquin Benoit is 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 34 appearances, including six saves for the Tigers this season.


Hunter Pence is the only Giant to start all 86 games this season and has played all but 4.0 defensive innings. His 37 extra base hits are tied for the eighth-most in the NL and his 22 doubles are tied for the 10th-most in the league.


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