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Dickerson gains steam, but needs help in ASG vote

MLB.com @wwchastain

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson needs a late charge if he is going to be voted in as a starter at the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

But make no mistake, the Rays DH still has a chance.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Corey Dickerson needs a late charge if he is going to be voted in as a starter at the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

But make no mistake, the Rays DH still has a chance.

Cast your Esurance All-Star Game Ballot for Dickerson and other #ASGWorthy players

Major League Baseball released the latest results on Monday and Dickerson moved up to second place from third place in the voting for American League DH.

With four days remaining, Rays fans -- along with fans of Major League Baseball -- need to get active at the polls if they want to see Dickerson at the Midsummer Classic.

"To date, it would probably be my biggest achievement, besides being a Major League Baseball player," Dickerson said. "To always be known as an All-Star in the Major Leagues."

Video: TB@TOR: Dickerson rips two-run triple to right-center

The top five position players at first base, second, shortstop, third, catcher and DH were announced while the top 15 outfielders were announced. Dickerson was the only Rays player among the leaders.

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 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.

The Esurance All-Star Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Following the unveiling 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.

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Ahead of Dickerson is Nelson Cruz of the Mariners with 1,366,962 votes. Dickerson has 1,267,234 votes just ahead of Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians (1,186,483).

"He deserves it," Evan Longoria said. "He's earned it. It's not like there's any other reason why. The market here, it's been tough for us to get multiple guys into the All-Star Game even when they're deserving of it. Hopefully we have a ton of fans out there voting for him, because he deserves it.

Video: TB@TOR: Dickerson notches four hits against Blue Jays

"I hope he does get elected. It's definitely a cool feeling. I mean when I was elected I don't think numbers were anywhere near what he's doing. He should get in, no doubt about it. But to be elected, I think he's deserving of that."

Dickerson is having an All-Star season as reflected in his start. Heading into Tuesday night's action against the Pirates, Dickerson was hitting .330 with 17 home runs, 39 RBIs and a .957 OPS. All of Dickerson's 2017 success comes after a 25-pound weight loss from 2016, and he's healthy, unlike last season.

"It's kind of crazy to me, the ridiculous numbers he's put up that he's not on the top," Steven Souza Jr., said. "Obviously, we're down here in Tampa on a small-market team. So it makes sense. But it's great to see him where he's at and deservingly so."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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