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Judge remains AL vote leader; Yanks need help

Slugger undecided whether he will participate in Home Run Derby
MLB.com @BryanHoch

CHICAGO -- Aaron Judge is a virtual lock to be patrolling the outfield for the American League during the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but his Yankees teammates Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez are among those who need your help to punch tickets to the Midsummer Classic.

"That'd be exciting, if all of us got that shot," Judge said. "I think a couple of the other guys in this clubhouse might get that opportunity as well. It'd be a good group. I'm excited."

CHICAGO -- Aaron Judge is a virtual lock to be patrolling the outfield for the American League during the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, to be played on July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, but his Yankees teammates Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez are among those who need your help to punch tickets to the Midsummer Classic.

"That'd be exciting, if all of us got that shot," Judge said. "I think a couple of the other guys in this clubhouse might get that opportunity as well. It'd be a good group. I'm excited."

Judge remains the top overall vote-getter in the AL, having appeared on 3,442,597 ballots according to results released on Monday by Major League Baseball. That total is second only to the Nationals' Bryce Harper (3,617,444) in all of baseball.

Cast your Esurance All-Star Game Ballot for Castro, Sanchez, Holliday, Judge and other #ASGWorthy players

Leading the AL in all three Triple Crown categories entering play Monday, batting .332 with 26 homers and 59 RBIs, Judge said that he still has not decided if he will participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, even though many of his teammates have said that they would love to watch him take hacks on that stage.

"I haven't even thought about it. I've got a job to do on the field," Judge said. "The last thing on my mind is worrying about a Home Run Derby. That's kind of on the back burner to what we've got to do on the field with the Yankees right now."

Castro (1,737,446) held a lead over all AL second basemen at the first checkpoint but was overtaken by Jose Altuve (2,925,041) in the second week, and is still trying to make up that ground. Castro's .315 average ranks seventh in the AL, his 92 hits are tied for second in the circuit and his 52 runs are tied for fourth.

Video: NYY@OAK: Castro shows off range to nab Alonso

Holliday (1,107,847) has slipped to fourth in the voting for AL designated hitter, though he remains within striking distance of leader Nelson Cruz (1,366,962) of the Mariners. Holliday has reached the 15-homer plateau for the 12th time in his 14 Major League seasons, and is also pursuing the Rays' Corey Dickerson (1,267,234) and the Indians' Edwin Encarnacion (1,186,483).

Sanchez (1,337,651) has given Salvador Perez of the Royals (2,150,223) a respectable race among AL catchers despite missing most of the season's first month due to injury. Sanchez is batting .342 with nine homers and 25 RBIs in June and holds a slight lead over former teammate Brian McCann (1,330,042) of the Astros.

Video: TEX@NYY: Sanchez hammers a three-run homer to center

Other Yankees with notable showings are Didi Gregorius (1,069,822, third among AL shortstops) and Brett Gardner (889,616, ninth among AL outfielders).

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period.

The Esurance All-Star Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Following the unveiling of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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