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Red Sox strengthen showing on AL ballot

Bradley moves from 3rd to 2nd in outfield; Betts up to 5th
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BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to improve his position to make the All-Star team and he could have company from his own outfield.

While Bradley moved from third to second place as the latest round of American League balloting was released on Tuesday, Mookie Betts pulled into fifth place.

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BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to improve his position to make the All-Star team and he could have company from his own outfield.

While Bradley moved from third to second place as the latest round of American League balloting was released on Tuesday, Mookie Betts pulled into fifth place.

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Bradley has 1,322,929 votes and trails only the Angels' Mike Trout among AL outfielders. Betts has 1,069,912 votes and is within striking distance of the Royals' Lorenzo Cain (1,146,885) for the third spot.

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Meanwhile, it seems all but certain that David Ortiz will be the AL's designated hitter in his final All-Star Game. Ortiz has 2,015,043 votes for a big lead over current runner-up, the Royals' Kendrys Morales (739,284 votes). This would be Ortiz's 10th All-Star appearance and first since 2013.

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Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has developed into one of the best all-around players in the game and the voters are noticing. Bogaerts has 1,541,180 votes and has the lead over the Kansas City's Alcides Escobar (958,750).

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is also off to a strong start and ranks fourth at his position with 685,853 votes. Houston's Jose Altuve is the leader with 1,230,619 votes.

Hanley Ramirez has made a nice transition to first base this season, and he is fourth at that position with 532,727 votes. Eric Hosmer of the defending World Series champions Royals is the current leader with 1,614,016 votes.

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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