CLEVELAND -- A's first baseman Yonder Alonso, who is shattering his previous career-high home run mark, is earning recognition for his remarkable efforts.Aiming for his first Midsummer Classic appearance, Alonso is trailing only Detroit's Jose Cabrera in balloting among American League first basemen, per the first Esurance All-Star Game Ballot
CLEVELAND -- A's first baseman Yonder Alonso, who is shattering his previous career-high home run mark, is earning recognition for his remarkable efforts.
Aiming for his first Midsummer Classic appearance, Alonso is trailing only Detroit's Jose Cabrera in balloting among American League first basemen, per the first Esurance All-Star Game Ballot update released Wednesday.
Alonso entered the day with 14 home runs, including 10 in the month of May. His previous career high for a season was nine, set in 2012 with the Padres. Alonso is hitting .290 overall, with a .388 on-base percentage and a .664 slugging mark for a 1.052 OPS.
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The 30-year-old infielder has received 287,975 votes. Cabrera, an 11-time All-Star, leads the way with 326,952 votes.
"Well-deserved," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I haven't looked at all the numbers, but there are some pretty good names as far as first basemen go. But for a guy that hasn't really been in that position before, to be second right now is a nice little feather in his cap. If you do look at the overall numbers, he deserves to be there."
Cleveland's Carlos Santana narrowly trails Alonso with 270,816 votes, with Kansas City's Eric Hosmer (225,989) and Houston's Yuli Gurriel (182,945) also landing among the top-five vote-getters.
Miami, the site of this year's All-Star Game, is where Alonso has made his home since age 11, when he defected with his family from Cuba. He attended the University of Miami and returns to the city each offseason.
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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.