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Yoenis Cespedes gaining ground in latest AL All-Star ballot update

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A late surge in voting has Yoenis Cespedes within striking range of getting an All-Star Game start.
A late surge in voting has Yoenis Cespedes within striking range of getting an All-Star Game start. (USATSI)

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Major League Baseball has released yet another American League All-Star balloting update and the race for the final outfield spot is a tight one.

Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays remains in third place behind Jose Bautista and Mike Trout, but A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes is gaining ground.

Voting is still taking place at MLB.com and will continue until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 3.

Here are the latest tallies:

First base
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers -- 2,645,000
Jose Abreu, White Sox -- 1,420,294
Chris Davis, Orioles -- 1,087,112
Albert Pujols, Angels -- 1,040,316
Mark Teixeira, Yankees -- 718,367

Second base
Robinson Cano, Mariners -- 2,007,055
Ian Kinsler, Tigers -- 1,338,272
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox -- 1,264,329
Jose Altuve, Astros -- 932,978
Brian Dozier, Twins -- 841,980

Shortstop
Derek Jeter, Yankees -- 2,353,336
Alexei Ramirez, White Sox -- 1,933,117
J.J. Hardy, Orioles -- 1,259,268
Jose Reyes, Blue Jays -- 871,633
Jed Lowrie, Athletics -- 629,686

Third base
Josh Donaldson, Athletics -- 2,436,771
Adrian Beltre, Rangers -- 1,346,957
Manny Machado, Orioles -- 1,182,098
Evan Longoria, Rays -- 1,118,453
Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays -- 758,043

Catcher
Matt Wieters, Orioles -- 1,852,770
Derek Norris, Athletics -- 1,486,850
Brian McCann, Yankees -- 1,344,076
Kurt Suzuki, Twins -- 812,865
A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox -- 810,050

Designated hitter
Nelson Cruz, Orioles -- 2,457,349
David Ortiz, Red Sox -- 1,652,470
Victor Martinez, Tigers -- 1,418,509
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays -- 1,276,851
Brandon Moss, Athletics -- 796,159

Outfield (top three start)
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays -- 3,665,208
Mike Trout, Angels -- 3,286,511
Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays -- 1,674,232
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics -- 1,511,838
Adam Jones, Orioles -- 1,490,000
Michael Brantley, Indians -- 1,284,901
Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees -- 1,264,746
Nick Markakis, Orioles -- 1,170,304
Carlos Beltran, Yankees -- 1,081,686
Torii Hunter, Tigers -- 989,715
Coco Crisp, Athletics -- 748,013
Alex Rios, Rangers -- 742,780
Brett Gardner, Yankees -- 737,736
Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers -- 699,751
Josh Hamilton, Angels -- 696,991

So it looks like Miguel Cabrera, Cano, Donaldson, Bautista, Trout and Cruz have their spots sewn up while it's likely AL manager John Farrell will have to name a replacement for the injured Wieters. Jeter's probably safe, too, but Melky Cabrera has company in Cespedes and Adam Jones.

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