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Beltre among leaders at 3B on AL ASG ballot

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KANSAS CITY -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre continues to show up on the leaderboards but designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo is being shut out in the latest updated balloting for the All-Star Game.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre continues to show up on the leaderboards but designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo is being shut out in the latest updated balloting for the All-Star Game.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

Beltre is fourth among American League third basemen for the second week in a row. Beltre has received 249,080 votes while Jose Ramirez of the Indians leads with 893,530 votes. Miguel Andujar of the Yankees has 509,188 votes and Alex Bregman of the Astros has 410,412 votes. Beltre has played in just 43 games because of a strained left hamstring, but is still hitting .322 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .456 slugging percentage.

Choo has not cracked the top five among designated hitters, despite being one of the hottest hitters in the league. Choo has reached base in 32 straight games, hitting .333 with a .483 on-base percentage and a .590 slugging percentage in that stretch. Overall he is fifth in the AL with a .394 on-base percentage and 12th with a .872 OPS. 

Beltre is trying for his fifth All-Star selection while Choo has never made it in his 14-year career. Right now, Choo stands an excellent chance to be selected as a reserve as the Rangers All-Star representative, although reliever Keone Kela -- who is 16-for-16 in save opportunities -- is also a candidate.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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