BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado is still leading American League third basemen, according to the latest 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update released on Tuesday, with O's outfielder Mark Trumbo starting to make a push for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12.Machado, seeking his third All-Star appearance, has 1,626,064
BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado is still leading American League third basemen, according to the latest 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update released on Tuesday, with O's outfielder Mark Trumbo starting to make a push for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12.
Machado, seeking his third All-Star appearance, has 1,626,064 votes to lead Toronto's Josh Donaldson (1,112,743). Machado is currently serving a four-game suspension for punching Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura after being hit by a pitch on June 7, and he will return to the team later this week.
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Trumbo, who is having a career year, is trying to make his second All-Star team and is currently in fourth place among AL outfielders in a close contest.
Mike Trout of the Angels leads AL outfield voting with 2,324,597 votes, with the Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. second with 1,725,672 and Mookie Betts third with 1,435,218. Trumbo has 1,408,195 votes, Kansas City's Lorenzo Cain is fifth with 1,403,617 and Toronto's Jose Bautista is sixth with 1,302,121. Betts leading Trumbo for third place is the slimmest margin of any AL position right now.
Catcher Matt Wieters (807,958 votes) has a sizeable hold on second place behind the Royals' Salvador Perez (2,744,293). First baseman Chris Davis (724,788) is third at that position, behind leader Eric Hosmer of Kansas City (2,054,642) and Miguel Cabrera of Detroit (1,481,445).
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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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