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Donaldson making case on AL All-Star ballot

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OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson is holding steady at fourth place among American League third basemen on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the upcoming All-Star Game in Miami, but he's going to need a lot of help to catch Minnesota's Miguel Sano.

Donaldson remained in the fourth spot after Major League Baseball released its second ballot update on Tuesday afternoon. The three-time All-Star has 322,287 votes and trails Sano (638,952), the Indians' Jose Ramirez (541,040) and the O's Manny Machado (520,116) at the hot corner.

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OAKLAND -- Josh Donaldson is holding steady at fourth place among American League third basemen on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the upcoming All-Star Game in Miami, but he's going to need a lot of help to catch Minnesota's Miguel Sano.

Donaldson remained in the fourth spot after Major League Baseball released its second ballot update on Tuesday afternoon. The three-time All-Star has 322,287 votes and trails Sano (638,952), the Indians' Jose Ramirez (541,040) and the O's Manny Machado (520,116) at the hot corner.

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Outfielder Jose Bautista was the only other Toronto player who had a ranked position in the second update. Bautista is 11th with 330,904 votes, as New York's Aaron Judge (1,251,543), Los Angeles' Mike Trout (1,155,356) and Cleveland's Michael Brantley (554,620) round out the top three.

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First baseman Justin Smoak and second baseman Devon Travis were two notable omissions from the list. Smoak entered play on Tuesday leading all AL first basemen with a .924 OPS after hitting home run No. 15 in Monday's loss to Oakland. Travis' case was hurt by a slow start and was dealt another blow on Tuesday when he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee bone bruise. But he was one of the league's best hitters in May.

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.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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