7/10 #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo hit his 20th home run Wednesday night in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Reds. Rizzo is the first Cubs left-handed hitter with 20 home runs before the All-Star break since Rick Monday hit 20 in 1973, and the first player in team history to do so since Derrek Lee belted 27 in 2005.

“I’m just being aggressive,” Rizzo said. “Teams are going to pound me in, and I know that’s what they’re going to do. Let them do it, and if they miss, I try to take advantage of it.”

He found out prior to Wednesday’s game that he had passed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the online voting for the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote. He will know Thursday whether he’s going to the All-Star Game. Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT.

“It’s really cool,” Rizzo said of the fans’ support. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fans keep going. I’m really appreciative for all of it. We’ll see what happens.”

If you use Twitter, your vote will count from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT if you use #VoteRizzo. And you can vote as often as you want — there are no limits.

Go to Cubs.com for more information.

— Carrie Muskat

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