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Didi in 3rd in Final Vote; voting ends today

Yankees shortstop eyeing first All-Star selection
MLB.com @BryanHoch

NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius speaks four languages and carries an art sketchbook on road trips, but the Yankees' renaissance man is content to allow his teammates do the communicating when it comes to his candidacy for the American League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.

"I'm going to let the team do what they have to do," Gregorius said. "I'm just going to go out there and play the game. I would like to go for the first time and experience it. I'd be happy with the one time that I went."

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NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius speaks four languages and carries an art sketchbook on road trips, but the Yankees' renaissance man is content to allow his teammates do the communicating when it comes to his candidacy for the American League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.

"I'm going to let the team do what they have to do," Gregorius said. "I'm just going to go out there and play the game. I would like to go for the first time and experience it. I'd be happy with the one time that I went."

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Hoping for his first All-Star selection, Gregorius remains in third place behind Mike Moustakas of the Royals and Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox. Gregorius is ahead of the Rangers' Elvis Andrus and the Rays' Logan Morrison.

"Personally, I think Didi has the numbers to make the All-Star Game," Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said. "And putting that aside, he's a great teammate and great person. He deserves to be an All-Star."

Until 4 p.m. ET today, fans can fill out unlimited ballots at yankees.com/vote or cast up to 35 ballots by texting 'A3' to 89269. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes #SirDidi4Sure will count toward his vote total.

The Yankees have sweetened the pot by dangling an opportunity to sit in the right-field 'Judge's Chambers' on Sunday to fans who vote via text or online and post a screenshot with #SirDidi4Sure.

The 27-year-old Gregorius is batting .301/.329/.477 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 60 games. He hit a two-run double in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays.

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"I think Didi deserves to go," right-hander Luis Severino said. "If you look at the top five shortstops right now, Didi's going to be in it. He can hit. He can throw. He plays good defense."

Gregorius hopes to become the sixth Yankees All-Star heading to Miami, joining Dellin Betances, Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge, Sanchez and Severino.

"If I get voted in, I'll be happy with that," Gregorius said. "If not, there's always next year or the year after that."

Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET today. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET today, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 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 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, 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.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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