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Close races abound in AL All-Star balloting

Judge challenging Trout; Castro, Altuve separated by 536 votes
May 31, 2017

The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned.On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League voting totals

The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned.
On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League voting totals were revealed.
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In an unfortunate twist of timing, the leading vote-getter, Angels all-everything center fielder Michael Trout, just went on the disabled list with a torn left thumb ligament. Trout has opted for surgery and the time frame for his return is beyond All-Star Week.
National League ballot update
But there are still plenty of AL luminaries aiming to represent their league in Miami, and the tabulation has begun. Here are the AL results:

  1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 420,268 votes
  2. Welington Castillo, Orioles: 339,902
  3. Brian McCann, Astros: 296,187
  4. Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 267,683
  5. Yan Gomes, Indians: 240,688
    Perez is the league's standard for defense behind the plate and he's also been the best hitter at his position in the league, with 11 home runs, 29 RBIs and an .787 OPS entering Wednesday's games. Castillo has a .317/.339/.467 slash line, and McCann is enjoying his new home in Houston with six homers and a .360 on-base percentage.
    Last year's rookie sensation, the Yankees' Sanchez, missed a month due to a strained right biceps but has four homers in 95 at-bats and is getting hot with the weather. Gomes has four homers and is a solid presence behind the plate for Cleveland.
  6. Jose Cabrera, Tigers: 326,952
  7. Yonder Alonso, A's: 287,975
  8. Carlos Santana, Indians: 270,816
  9. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 225,989
  10. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 182,945
    A .780 OPS with five homers and 22 RBIs isn't very Cabrera-like, but reputation goes a long way toward All-Star Game selection, and fans are clearly expecting Miggy to be Miggy again very soon. Alonso, meanwhile, is one of the true breakout stars of early 2017, with a 1.052 OPS, 14 homers and 31 RBIs.
    Santana ranks tied for fifth among AL first basemen with 30 RBIs, Hosmer has posted a .299/.357/.438 slash line, and Gurriel has contributed to a formidable Astros attack with four homers in his first full Major League season.
  11. Starlin Castro, Yankees: 516,268
  12. Jose Altuve, Astros: 515,732
  13. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 253,409
  14. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 159,557
  15. Jonathan Schoop, Orioles: 149,060
    Yankees fans are turning up at the online polls in droves for Castro, who is hitting .322/.358/.477 with seven homers and 28 RBIs, building on a terrific 2016. Altuve is Altuve, with a .320/.383/.510 line, and Kipnis has come back from injury well, with six homers and 20 RBIs.
    Cano is leading all AL second basemen with 10 homers and 34 RBIs and has an OPS of .877, while Schoop is as solid as ever with an OPS of .801 plus seven homers and 24 RBIs.
  16. Manny Machado, Orioles: 369,069
  17. Miguel Sano, Twins: 363,607
  18. Jose Ramirez, Indians: 351,814
  19. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 221,350
  20. Chase Headley, Yankees: 174,702
    Machado hasn't gotten hot yet, but he does have 10 homers with 25 RBIs and the dynamic skillset that has voters believing he'll steam into July on a torrid streak. Sano, meanwhile, is becoming a star, with 12 homers, a .996 OPS and 39 RBIs, the most in the AL among those who play the hot corner.
    Ramirez has an OPS of .860, Donaldson is a former AL Most Valuable Player Award winner who is just getting back on the field after missing more than a month with a lingering right calf strain, and Headley is getting lots of votes from Yankees fans who appreciate his presence in the lineup and at third base for a first-place club.
  21. Francisco Lindor, Indians: 602,238
  22. Carlos Correa, Astros: 253,518
  23. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 252,379
  24. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 239,170
  25. Jean Segura, Mariners: 169,487
    Lindor finished second to his countryman Correa in AL Rookie of the Year Award voting two seasons ago, but he's well ahead of his fellow Puerto Rican star in this vote. Lindor leads AL shortstops with 11 homers and has a .276/.347/.531 slash line. Correa has rebounded from a slow start and is among the AL leaders at shortstop in batting average (.309) and leads in OPS (.895).
    Bogaerts is batting .339 for the Red Sox, and Segura's batting average of .345 is tops in the AL among shortstops.
  26. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 457,050
  27. Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: 282,837
  28. Matthew Holliday, Yankees: 276,855
  29. Corey Dickerson, Rays: 216,350
  30. Jose Pujols, Angels: 154,626
    Cruz just keeps getting it done, with a .279/.364/.525 line, 12 homers and a position-best 42 RBIs, which has him comfortably ahead, at least for now, of second-place Encarnacion, who hasn't quite gotten it going as compared to years past.
    Holliday is doing just fine for the Yankees, with 11 homers and 32 RBIs, and Dickerson has been brilliant for Tampa Bay, with a 1.006 OPS, 12 homers and 25 RBIs. Pujols sits one career homer from the magical 600 mark.
  31. Mike Trout, Angels: 776,937
  32. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 730,438
  33. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 337,473
  34. Michael Brantley, Indians: 333,703
  35. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox: 327,047
  36. Avisail Garcia, White Sox: 303,603
  37. Adam Jones, Orioles: 236,481
  38. Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians: 229,856
  39. Abraham Almonte, Indians: 202,999
  40. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 195,199
  41. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 192,288
  42. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 179,600
  43. Carlos Beltran, Astros: 175,700
  44. George Springer, Astros: 162,087
  45. Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays: 160,484
    It's amazing to consider that prior to his injury, Trout was having the best year of his career, with a 1.203 OPS, 16 homers and 36 RBIs plus 10 stolen bases. Judge has been a phenom in the Bronx, with 17 homers, many of which have been tape-measure moonshots, but also a 1.112 OPS. And Betts has been his stellar self, with nine homers, 32 RBIs and an .849 OPS.
    Brantley has rebounded from the injuries that derailed his 2016 season and is batting .307 while driving in 22 runs. And Benintendi, who's among the top candidates for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, has 27 RBIs and seven stolen bases while batting .272.
    Fans may cast votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the At Bat and Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
    Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to 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 to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Doug Miller is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.