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Donaldson still holds edge to start All-Star Game

OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson's All-Star voting edge has hit one million.

In the latest round of balloting released Monday, Donaldson leads American League third basemen with 1,953,423 votes, ahead of the Rangers' Adrian Beltre, who has 953,318.

After failing to make the All-Star team last year despite placing fourth in AL Most Valuable Player Award voting, Donaldson is likely to become the A's first third baseman to receive a fan-elected start, and the first Oakland player at any position to earn a fan election since first baseman Jason Giambi in 2000.

Donaldson can also become the A's first position player on the All-Star roster since catcher Ramon Hernandez in 2003.

Meanwhile, A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes jumped from sixth to fourth in the outfield race, pulling within 342,915 votes of catching Melky Cabrera to earn a starting spot. Coco Crisp is 13th among AL outfielders.

Catcher Derek Norris remains in third place with 1,072,827 votes, just 2,383 behind the Yankees' Brian McCann for second place. The Orioles' Matt Wieters leads AL catchers with 1,488,884 votes, but will miss the rest of the season after electing to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Oakland's Jed Lowrie is still fifth in voting for AL shortstops, and Brandon Moss is fifth among designated hitters.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 9:59 p.m. PT. 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 account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free 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 6 p.m. 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 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 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 via the 2014 All-Star Game 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. 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

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for

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