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Ramirez leads AL 3Bs; other Indians in ASG mix

Lindor, Brantley, Encarnacion, Gomes, Kipnis also on leaderboard for starting role
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CLEVELAND -- After jumping out to a strong lead last week, Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez remains the top vote-getter among  American League third basemen in the newest update of the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, released Tuesday.

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CLEVELAND -- After jumping out to a strong lead last week, Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez remains the top vote-getter among  American League third basemen in the newest update of the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, released Tuesday.

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Ramirez leads all AL third baseman with 893,530 fan votes, nearly 400,000 more than Miguel Andujar of the Yankees (509,188). The Astros' Alex Bregman (410,412), the Rangers' Adrian Beltre (249,080) and the Royals' Mike Moustakas (231,363) round out the top five.

Ramirez sits near the top of many AL offensive categories. His 21 home runs rank third in the Majors, his .604 slugging percentage ranks fourth and his 4.2 WAR ranks second only to the Angels' Mike Trout's 6.1.

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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.

Ramirez broke out last season, and finished third in AL MVP Award voting. He set career highs with a .967 OPS and 29 home runs in 2017, and led MLB with 56 doubles.

Ramirez has continued to hit well this season, and is on pace to eclipse his home run total from last season. He is one of four players this year with an OPS above .975.

Several other Indians players appeared among the top vote-getters at their respective positions. Francisco Lindor (420,674) is third among shortstops, trailing the Orioles' Manny Machado (671,133) and the Astros' Carlos Correa (458,367). Michael Brantley (518,350) ranks fourth among outfielders, but trails third-place Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (1,061,370) by more than a half-million votes.

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Jason Kipnis (156,347) ranks fourth among second basemen, which is led by the AL's overall vote leader, Houston's Jose Altuve (1,572,101). Edwin Encarnacion (260,915) placed fifth among designated hitters, which is led by Boston's J.D. Martinez (1,119,263), while Yan Gomes (200,275) ranks fifth among catchers, led by the Rays' Wilson Ramos (678,159).

Casey Harrison is reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.

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