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Hot-hitting Martinez leads DH All-Star voting

@IanMBrowne
June 17, 2019

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has been on a recent power surge, and he is looking to ride it

Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has been on a recent power surge, and he is looking to ride it to a starting nod in the upcoming All-Star Game.

As the second round of balloting was released on Monday, Martinez was the leader at DH with 893,689 votes. He holds a comfortable lead over Hunter Pence (Rangers), who has 602,766 votes.

Martinez, who also started at DH for the American League last year, is seeking the third All-Star appearance of his career.

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Mookie Betts, last year’s AL MVP, is fifth in the current outfield rankings with 777,642 votes. Betts is in range for the third and final outfield spot, which is currently held by Houston’s Michael Brantley (924,173 votes). Betts has been an All-Star starter the last three seasons and is one of the premier all-around players in the game.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is certainly having an All-Star caliber season for the Sox, and ranks sixth at his position. Bogaerts will try to close the gap on Jorge Polanco, Carlos Correa, Gleyber Torres, Tim Anderson and Francisco Lindor. Bogaerts is seeking his first All-Star appearance since 2016.

Third baseman Rafael Devers, who is having a breakout season, is in fourth place at the hot corner.

Catcher Christian Vázquez, another Boston player en route to a career year, is fifth at his position.

Fans may vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period. Fans in the US and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players. Primary voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including nine outfielders) per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at noon ET on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 27.

Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 7 ET. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Then on Tuesday, July 9, during the 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.

The 90th Midsummer Classic, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, 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. 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.

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