BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado and new Oriole Welington Castillo highlighted the first American League update of this year's Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot.Machado, a three-time All-Star, leads the AL third-base vote (369,069), and he is trying to hold off a pair of players who would be first-time All Stars --
BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado and new Oriole Welington Castillo highlighted the first American League update of this year's Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot.
Machado, a three-time All-Star, leads the AL third-base vote (369,069), and he is trying to hold off a pair of players who would be first-time All Stars -- Minnesota's Miguel Sano (363,607) and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez (351,814). 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 went on the disabled list with a groin injury Wednesday, is second among AL catchers (339,902 votes), behind Kansas City's Salvador Perez (420,268). Jonathan Schoop rounded out the position players for the O's, sitting in fifth place among second basemen.
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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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.