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

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 Toronto 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 , Detroit Tigers -- 2,645,000
Jose Abreu , Chicago White Sox -- 1,420,294
Chris Davis , Baltimore Orioles -- 1,087,112
Albert Pujols , Los Angeles Angels -- 1,040,316
Mark Teixeira , New York Yankees -- 718,367

Second base
Robinson Cano , Seattle Mariners -- 2,007,055
Ian Kinsler , Tigers -- 1,338,272
Dustin Pedroia , Boston Red Sox -- 1,264,329
Jose Altuve , Houston Astros -- 932,978
Brian Dozier , Minnesota 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 , Oakland Athletics -- 629,686

Third base
Josh Donaldson , Athletics -- 2,436,771
Adrian Beltre , Texas Rangers -- 1,346,957
Manny Machado , Orioles -- 1,182,098
Evan Longoria , Tampa Bay 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 , Cleveland 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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