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Lindor, Brantley slip in close All-Star races

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CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor held the top spot at shortstop in American League All-Star voting for two weeks, but he is suddenly in a tightly contested balloting battle.

The latest AL voting results in the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot were revealed on Tuesday, and it was Astros shortstop Carlos Correa who ranked first at his position. Lindor, who is vying for his second All-Star nod in a row, dropped to second by a little more than 300,000 votes.

CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor held the top spot at shortstop in American League All-Star voting for two weeks, but he is suddenly in a tightly contested balloting battle.

The latest AL voting results in the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot were revealed on Tuesday, and it was Astros shortstop Carlos Correa who ranked first at his position. Lindor, who is vying for his second All-Star nod in a row, dropped to second by a little more than 300,000 votes.

"Whatever is going to happen is going to happen," Lindor said. "It'll be special if I start, but I encourage the fans to continue to [vote]. We will see what happens. Correa is a special player as well."

Correa has garnered 1,893,260 votes, compared to 1,582,782 for Lindor.

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In the AL outfield picture, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley slipped to fourth after climbing to third place in voting a week ago. Brantley (776,487) trails New York's Aaron Judge (1,893,260), L.A.'s Mike Trout (1,582,782) and Houston's George Springer (804,826). Boston's Mookie Betts (714,185) is in fifth place among outfielders.

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.

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Other Indians players receiving votes include: First baseman Carlos Santana (fourth place with 558,320 votes); second baseman Jason Kipnis (third, 538,061); third baseman Jose Ramirez (second, 697,747); catcher Yan Gomes (fifth, 509,629); designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (fourth, 605,454); and outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall (12th, 464,582) and Abraham Almonte (14th, 398, 731).

"I encourage the fans to continue to vote, not only for me, but for the team," Lindor said. "My teammates are doing great and they deserve to be out there."

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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