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Rosario flourishing into All-Star candidate

MLB.com @RhettBollinger

As Twins manager Paul Molitor put it recently, it's hard to take your eyes off left fielder Eddie Rosario on a baseball field.

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As Twins manager Paul Molitor put it recently, it's hard to take your eyes off left fielder Eddie Rosario on a baseball field.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

View Full Game Coverage

With his aggressive approach at the plate, on the bases and in the field, Rosario has become a must-watch player for the Twins. He's in the middle of a career year and is looking to get rewarded with his first trip to the All-Star Game.

"He's one of those don't-blink players," Molitor said. "You don't know what's going to happen at any moment when he's involved with a play."

Rosario is Minnesota's top All-Star candidate, and entering Friday's game against the Indians, is hitting .308/.333/.520 with nine homers, 15 doubles, 33 RBIs and five stolen bases in 52 games. His transformation into a top-caliber hitter began last year, when he hit .290/.328/.507 with 27 homers, 33 doubles and 78 RBIs.

"I like it when he's up there, I like it when he's aggressive," Molitor said. "Obviously, we talk so much about him trying to command the zone at least somewhat, and when he does that, he can be effective."

The other Twins on the ballot are first baseman Joe Mauer, second baseman Brian Dozier, shortstop Eduardo Escobar, third baseman Miguel Sano, center fielder Byron Buxton, right fielder Max Kepler, catcher Mitch Garver and designated hitter Logan Morrison.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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