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Machado, Castillo need help in All-Star vote

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BALTIMORE -- Third baseman Manny Machado and new Orioles catcher Welington Castillo need some help to crack the American League starting lineup for this year's MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Machado, a three-time All-Star, remains in third in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, which was released on Tuesday. In the first Ballot update, he led AL third basemen, but he has been trailing Minnesota's Miguel Sano (1,010,060) and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez (697,747) the past two weeks. Machado, who has had a slow start offensively, has 677,925 votes.

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BALTIMORE -- Third baseman Manny Machado and new Orioles catcher Welington Castillo need some help to crack the American League starting lineup for this year's MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Machado, a three-time All-Star, remains in third in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, which was released on Tuesday. In the first Ballot update, he led AL third basemen, but he has been trailing Minnesota's Miguel Sano (1,010,060) and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez (697,747) the past two weeks. Machado, who has had a slow start offensively, has 677,925 votes.

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Machado, the fan-elected starter in 2016, would join Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only Orioles third basemen to earn multiple fan-elected starts.

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Castillo -- who was activated off the disabled list on Saturday -- slipped from second to third place among AL catchers. He trails Kansas City's Salvador Perez (1,025,982) and the Astros' Brian McCann (791,517), with 774,614 votes.

Those are the only two O's in the top five in voting, with center fielder Adam Jones currently No. 13 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.

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.

Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.

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