AL All-Star voting update: Jackie Bradley Jr. surges, Salvador Perez leads all

On Tuesday, MLB released the second update on the American League All-Star fan voting results. Fans, of course, are tasked with picking the AL's nine starting position players in advance of the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego, which is scheduled for July 12.

Now let's have a look ...

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When it comes to starting assignments, the only thing to change since last time is that Red Sox fly-catcher Jackie Bradley Jr. has nudged aside Mark Trumbo of the Orioles for the third and final starting outfield nod. This time last week, he trailed Trumbo by almost 90,000 votes, and now he leads him for the third spot by more than 120,000 votes. In addition to playing a nifty center field and running the bases well, Bradley entered Tuesday with a batting line of .323/.400/.582 (158 OPS+) and 27 extra-base hits. So he's certainly a worthy choice based on 2016 results to date.

Elsewhere, the world-champion Royals continue to be well-represented, and Salvador Perez remains the leading AL vote-getter. And, yes, Omar Infante is still pulling way more votes than he should. Hey, such are the spoils of triumph.

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot -- available exclusively via MLB.com, team sites and mobile devices -- will be accessible through June 30, at which point this phase of the voting will end.

Now proceed to the comments section for spleen-venting.

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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