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Hosmer takes lead at 1B amid close AL races

Springer holding off Brantley for third OF spot behind Judge, Trout
June 20, 2017

With the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard exactly three weeks away, the Royals' Eric Hosmer is making moves in the voting for the starting lineups, vaulting to the top spot among American League first basemen.Major League Baseball released the fourth update of the AL side of the Esurance MLB

With the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard exactly three weeks away, the Royals' Eric Hosmer is making moves in the voting for the starting lineups, vaulting to the top spot among American League first basemen.
Major League Baseball released the fourth update of the AL side of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Tuesday, and no player made a bigger jump in the leaderboards than Hosmer, who leapfrogged both the Tigers' Jose Cabrera and the Athletics' Yonder Alonso to take over the position lead.
The remainder of the top vote-getters at each position remained the same, though close races are being waged, especially for the third outfield spot and at designated hitter.
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National League All-Star voting update
The MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, where many of baseball's greatest talents are set to take center stage.
Here are the latest AL results:
CATCHER

  1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 1,453,088 votes
  2. Brian McCann, Astros: 1,051,138
  3. Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 1,045,471
  4. Welington Castillo, Orioles: 926,455
  5. Yan Gomes, Indians: 666,107
    Sanchez eclipsed the 1-million-vote threshold, surpassing Castillo in the process, during a week in which he went 6-for-16 (.375) with a homer and five RBIs. But it's Perez who still has a strong grip on the top spot at the position.
    Perez, who homered on Sunday to power the Royals to a victory over the Angels, is in the driver's seat as he looks to earn a trip to the Midsummer Classic for the fifth straight season.
    FIRST BASE
  6. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 936,734
  7. Yonder Alonso, Athletics: 887,645
  8. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 831,289
  9. Justin Smoak, Blue Jays: 787,787
  10. Carlos Santana, Indians: 722,315
    Hosmer is the biggest riser this week despite picking up just five hits in his six games last week. Fans appear to be voting based on his cumulative numbers for the season: he leads AL first basemen with 81 hits and a .308 batting average and is tied for second with 16 doubles.
    This race is still far from over, however, with all five candidates within reach of the top spot. Alonso and Smoak are in the midst of career years, while Cabrera and Santana have the ability to get hot at any time.
    SECOND BASE
  11. Jose Altuve, Astros: 2,185,035
  12. Starlin Castro, Yankees: 1,450,472
  13. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 703,131
  14. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 429,194
  15. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 417,347
    Altuve becomes the first second baseman in the league to reach 2 million votes as he keeps chugging along with a .326/.397/.528 slash line, 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases. Castro has been extremely impressive as well, pacing the position with 88 hits to go along with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs.
    Pedroia surpassed Cano in votes, but has struggled to stay healthy this season. He's been good when on the field, though, batting .296 with two homers and 25 RBIs in 55 games.
    THIRD BASE
  16. Miguel Sano, Twins: 1,302,090
  17. Jose Ramirez, Indians: 891,731
  18. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 810,648
  19. Manny Machado, Orioles: 803,921
  20. Alex Bregman, Astros: 688,450
    Sano still holds the top spot at the hot corner and leads all Major League third basemen with a .944 OPS. The Minnesota star is on pace for a career year, hitting .286 with 16 homers and 48 RBIs.
    Donaldson passes Machado in this week's installment even though he missed more than a month of action early in the season. The Blue Jays' slugger has a .998 OPS and eight homers in just 29 games.
    SHORTSTOP
  21. Carlos Correa, Astros: 1,658,255
  22. Francisco Lindor, Indians: 1,300,013
  23. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 871,601
  24. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 750,708
  25. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays: 507,763
    The leaderboard at shortstop looks the same as it did a week ago, but Correa has extended his lead over Lindor while enjoying a five-game span in which he went 8-for-19 (.421) with two home runs, three RBIs and five runs scored.
    Bogaerts is racking up hits as he paces the position with 84 and has already set a career high with a league-leading four triples.
    DESIGNATED HITTER
  26. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 1,118,873
  27. Matthew Holliday, Yankees: 927,247
  28. Corey Dickerson, Rays: 926,163
  29. Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: 813,715
  30. Evan Gattis, Astros: 713,918
    Cruz, who has 14 home runs and 53 RBIs, maintains his position atop the vote-getters at designated hitter, but Dickerson and Encarnacion are gaining ground.
    Dickerson hit .346 with a homer and a triple and three RBIs last week, while Encarnacion went ballistic, clubbing four long balls with eight walks, 10 runs scored and 10 RBIs in seven games.
    OUTFIELD
  31. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 2,631,284
  32. Michael Trout, Angels: 2,030,074
  33. George Springer, Astros: 1,176,951
  34. Michael Brantley, Indians: 1,001,254
  35. Avisail Garcia, White Sox: 970,994
  36. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 946,510
  37. Carlos Beltran, Astros: 834,067
  38. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 760,869
  39. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 725,734
  40. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox: 704,484
  41. Josh Reddick, Astros: 656,317
  42. Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians: 617,760
  43. Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays: 532,114
  44. Adam Jones, Orioles: 525,980
  45. Abraham Almonte, Indians: 518,150
    Judge rules all when it comes to most votes among AL All-Star candidates and for good reason -- even with a down week, he's hitting .335/.445/.699 with 23 homers and 53 RBIs in one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory.
    Trout, still recovering from a torn left thumb ligament, remains in second place, and Springer, who is batting .284 with 20 home runs and 45 RBIs, maintains his spot in third by a slim margin over Brantley.
    Garcia swapped spots with Betts, as did Bautista and Benintendi, while Pillar moved from 15th to 13th, leapfrogging Jones and Almonte. But it was Chisenhall who had the best week on the field among outfielders, blasting three home runs and driving in 11 runs.

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, June 29, 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 for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement 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.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.