07/08/2015 17:24 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Bitter I-70 rivals forge unlikely alliance to get final vote candidates into All-Star Game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, bitter cross-state rivals, have forged an unlikely alliance to get their final vote candidates into the All-Star Game.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez are among the five candidates in their respective league. Fan voting will determine who makes the roster.

The regional sports networks for each team are promoting the alliance, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday that fans should vote "so there is as much Royals blue and Cardinals red on the field next week in Cincinnati as possible."

The Royals already have six players on the American League roster, including four starters. The Cardinals have five on the National League roster, two of them starters.

The Associated Press