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Smoak moves up in AL 1B All-Star balloting

Slugger enjoying breakout year; Donaldson, Tulo among Blue Jays seeking fans' votes
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ARLINGTON -- Justin Smoak is slowly but surely starting to get the recognition he deserves for a breakout season in 2017.

Toronto's first baseman moved into the fourth spot in voting at his position in the American League on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Smoak entered Tuesday's action hitting .300 with 46 RBIs and a .961 OPS, which ranked fourth in the American League.

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ARLINGTON -- Justin Smoak is slowly but surely starting to get the recognition he deserves for a breakout season in 2017.

Toronto's first baseman moved into the fourth spot in voting at his position in the American League on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Smoak entered Tuesday's action hitting .300 with 46 RBIs and a .961 OPS, which ranked fourth in the American League.

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The 30-year-old Smoak also hit home run No. 20 during Monday night's 7-6 Blue Jays victory over the Rangers. That's tied for fourth in the Majors and it also matches his career high, set in 2013 when he played for the Mariners.

"It does, but not much," Smoak said about whether reaching the 20-homer plateau matters to him. "I know it was a while ago, but I've done it before but I just have to keep going. It's a long season, you can't just be happy with where you are now. Have to keep going and try to win as many ballgames as we can so we're playing for something at the end."

The leader at first base is Kansas City's Eric Hosmer with 936,734 votes. Oakland's Yonder Alonso is second with 887,645 and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is third with 831,289. Smoak sits fourth with 787,787 with his first appearance in the top five since voting began.

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Josh Donaldson ranks third among AL third basemen with 810,648 votes. Troy Tulowitzki sits fifth at shortstop with 507,763 votes, while right fielder Jose Bautista (ninth, 725,734) and center fielder Kevin Pillar (13th, 532,114) round out the Blue Jays players who finished with a ranked position following the latest update.

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.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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