The 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard is less than a month away, and the voting for the starting lineups is heating up as we inch closer to summer.
The third Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update for the American League arrived on Tuesday, and there's intrigue behind all the numbers, with some first-place names holding their spots and others shooting up the boards.
Yankees slugger Aaron Judge's absurd weekend of monumental home runs only added to his league-leading vote total. But there are still more updates to go before the players take the field for the Midsummer Classic, set for Tuesday, July 11, at Marlins Park in Miami.
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Here are the latest AL results:
- Salvador Perez, Royals: 1,025,982 votes
- Brian McCann, Astros: 791,517
- Welington Castillo, Orioles: 774,614
- Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 710,388
- Yan Gomes, Indians: 509,629
There was only one change in the top five over the past week of voting, with McCann moving past Castillo from third into second. Otherwise, Perez maintains a healthy lead -- no surprise with his 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and .811 OPS.
Sanchez is one to watch. He's creeping toward Castillo and has gotten hot lately, with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and an .887 OPS despite missing a good portion of the early season on the disabled list.
- Yonder Alonso, A's: 651,055
- Jose Cabrera, Tigers: 646,598
- Eric Hosmer, Royals: 626,783
- Carlos Santana, Indians: 558,320
- Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 529,887
Alonso's breakout year is being recognized in a big way, and this week he has moved past Cabrera for the top spot. Alonso has 16 homers, 36 RBIs and a 1.056 OPS.
Hosmer, who is batting .314, had the highest average among AL first basemen and moved past Santana into third place.
- Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,615,938
- Starlin Castro, Yankees: 1,072,305
- Jason Kipnis, Indians: 538,061
- Robinson Cano, Mariners: 343,354
- Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 313,548
Altuve is being Altuve, with a .317/.386/.504 slash line plus nine homers, 32 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. That's good enough to out-tally Castro, who is hitting .328 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs.
Kipnis, Cano and Pedroia are maintaining their positions from last week.
- Miguel Sano, Twins: 1,010,060
- Jose Ramirez, Indians: 697,747
- Manny Machado, Orioles: 677,925
- Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 527,680
- Alex Bregman, Astros: 512,734
Sano holds on to top billing at the AL hot corner with his 15 homers, 46 RBIs and a .965 OPS. He has a nice cushion over Ramirez, who stayed in second place.
Donaldson could be one to watch. He's healthy again after missing a month-plus, and he's starting to heat up again.
- Carlos Correa, Astros: 1,176,486
- Francisco Lindor, Indians: 1,054,295
- Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 609,316
- Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 566,520
- Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays: 354,732
Correa's brilliant play of late has shown up on the stat sheet and now in the voting, as he has vaulted past Lindor, who led in the first two updates. Correa has an OPS of .873 plus 11 homers and 40 RBIs, while Lindor remains the AL leader in homers by a shortstop with 12.
Gregorius and Bogaerts remained third and fourth, respectively, and the one change in the shortstop totals was that Tulowitzki jumped into the top five, supplanting Seattle's Jean Segura, who is on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain.
- Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 863,549
- Matthew Holliday, Yankees: 689,918
- Corey Dickerson, Rays: 668,702
- Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: 605,454
- Evan Gattis, Astros: 534,983
Cruz is playing through a right calf injury but he is still raking, with 14 homers, 50 RBIs and a .946 OPS. That kept him ahead of Holliday in the top spot.
The only change in the top five from last week was Dickerson taking third place from Encarnacion.
- Aaron Judge, Yankees: 1,893,260
- Michael Trout, Angels: 1,582,782
- George Springer, Astros: 804,826
- Michael Brantley, Indians: 776,487
- Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 714,185
- Avisail Garcia, White Sox: 698,876
- Carlos Beltran, Astros: 613,225
- Brett Gardner, Yankees: 571,436
- Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox: 551,438
- Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 518,585
- Josh Reddick, Astros: 483,828
- Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians: 464,582
- Adam Jones, Orioles: 438,617
- Abraham Almonte, Indians: 398,731
- Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays: 376,843
There were lots of small changes in the top 15 for AL outfielders, but Judge remained in first place, and for good reason. The hulking young star is leading the AL in all three Triple Crown categories, with 22 homers, 50 RBIs and a .347 batting average. Judge has a 1.180 OPS and he has scored 57 runs.
Trout, who is on the DL with a torn left thumb ligament that required surgery, was still good enough to be in second place, with his 1.203 OPS, 16 homers, 36 RBIs and 10 stolen bases intact.
Springer and his 17 homers, 40 RBIs and .872 OPS sprung into third place from seventh in the biggest move of the week.
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