Bautista takes aim at fifth straight ASG
BOSTON -- Jose Bautista has an opportunity to be voted into the All-Star Game for the fifth consecutive year now that balloting for the upcoming Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati is open to the public.
Bautista has been voted into the game as a starter every year since 2011; he was named as a reserve in '10. He has led the league in fan ballots twice, and he'll again be a favorite to start in right field for the American League.
Other prominent Blue Jays on the ballot include third baseman Josh Donaldson, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and catcher Russell Martin. Donaldson started at third base for the AL last season while playing for the A's, and Encarnacion was named to the team in each of the past two years.
Despite a pair of strong seasons in Pittsburgh, Martin hasn't made an All-Star team since 2011, when he was a member of the Yankees. Martin also participated 2007-08 while playing for the Dodgers.
Outfielders Michael Saunders and Dalton Pompey, first baseman Justin Smoak, second baseman Devon Travis and shortstop Jose Reyes are other Blue Jays on this year's fan ballot.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
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Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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