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AL All-Star update: Enter Jose Bautista

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Are Toronto's Jose Bautista and his mighty bat headed to the All-Star Game?. (USATSI)
Is Toronto's Jose Bautista and his mighty bat headed to the All-Star Game? (USATSI)

The big change in American League All-Star balloting this time around is that Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays has advanced into a starting position. You certainly can make the case that he belongs; the established slugger is batting .254/.350/.502 this season and ranks sixth in the AL with 19 homers.

Here's the latest AL update in full, as of July 1, from MLB.com:

CATCHER
Joe Mauer, Twins: 3,869,330
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 2,677,959
A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers: 1,441,827
Carlos Santana, Indians: 1,285,650
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 1,256,505

FIRST BASE
Chris Davis, Orioles: 5,468,703
Prince Fielder, Tigers: 3,280,681
Albert Pujols, Angels: 1,140,420
Mike Napoli, Red Sox: 1,123,281
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 1,007,675

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 3,974,322
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 2,838,129
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,767,806
Omar Infante, Tigers: 1,554,514
Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,227,462

THIRD BASE
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 5,844,165
Manny Machado, Orioles: 2,752,627
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,792,809
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,528,877
Josh Donaldson, Athletics: 827,381

SHORTSTOP
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 3,509,180
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 2,505,348
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,122,770
Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 1,491,376
Jose Reyes, Blue Jays: 1,091,707

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 4,398,197
Lance Berkman, Rangers: 2,004,388
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 1,688,099
Victor Martinez, Tigers: 1,257,577
Mark Trumbo, Angels: 1,190,709

OUTFIELD
Mike Trout, Angels: 4,822,983
Adam Jones, Orioles: 4,766,256
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,679,230
Nick Markakis, Orioles: 2,536,864
Torii Hunter, Tigers: 2,390,336
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 2,258,797
Nate McLouth, Orioles: 2,169,772
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,751,022
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 1,556,700
Coco Crisp, Athletics: 1,421,277
Alex Gordon, Royals: 1,416,887
Austin Jackson, Tigers: 1,306,330
Josh Hamilton, Angels: 1,138,518
Shane Victorino, Red Sox: 1,059,429
Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees: 1,003,198

Rank injustices? At second base, Jason Kipnis of the Indians certainly deserves more voter affection than he's getting, as does Howie Kendrick of the Angels. To be fair, though, that's a fairly loaded position in the AL this season.

Catcher Jason Castro of the Astros merits a mention, and the same goes for Salvador Perez of the Royals, especially once his defensive skills are taken into account. In the outfield, the most glaring absence is that of Brett Gardner of the Yankees, who's batting .286/.346/.450 and, of course, providing Gold Glove-caliber fielding.

Markakis, while a useful player, isn't performing up to All-Star standards this season, and he shoudn't be that close to a starting role. And, no, Hamilton and Ichiro have no business having that many votes to their credits.

On the whole, though, not a bad job by American League voters.

By way of reminder, full All-Star rosters will be announced Saturday evening, and we'll be here to break it all down for you. The game itself goes down on July 16 at Citi Field.

 
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