Mike Trout's grip on the top spot among American League All-Star Game vote-getters is loosening.
The Angels star has received the most votes among all AL players at the first two ballot tallies of the season, but Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is closing in. It was Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter who had the second-most votes at the first count last week.
Trout, with 1,361,649 votes, leads all outfielders, but Bautista (1,351,896) is just behind. Fellow Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera (743,208) is currently No. 3, eclipsing Jacoby Ellsbury (625,206) in the last week.
In other races, first baseman Albert Pujols (569,211) saw his No. 2 spot at first base taken over by White Sox rookie Jose Abreu (602,628), who has been on the disabled list since May 18. Abreu was the league's Player and Rookie of the Month for April.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Trout, who became the youngest AL position player to start the All-Star Game last year (at age 21) since Ivan Rodriguez in 1993, is riding a season-best 11-game hitting streak in which he has hit .417 (15-for-36). He has reached base safely in each of his last 23 games.
The 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner is aiming to join Rod Carew (1979-84), Fred Lynn ('82-83), Reggie Jackson ('82-84) and Vladimir Guerrero (2004-07) as the only Angels to earn consecutive fan-elected All-Star starts.
Howie Kendrick (247,353) is fifth in the voting among second basemen, and Josh Hamilton (304,761) is 14th among AL outfielders.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.