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Cespedes in line to start ASG at 1st NL update

Slugger third in outfield voting; second baseman Walker among six other Mets in mix
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NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes is putting up the best first-half numbers of his career, and in doing so, the Mets outfielder is making a bid for his second career All-Star selection.

Major League Baseball released the first weekly voting update of the 2016 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot for the National League on Wednesday, and Cespedes has the third-most votes among outfielders, with 792,395.

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NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes is putting up the best first-half numbers of his career, and in doing so, the Mets outfielder is making a bid for his second career All-Star selection.

Major League Baseball released the first weekly voting update of the 2016 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot for the National League on Wednesday, and Cespedes has the third-most votes among outfielders, with 792,395.

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Cespedes trails only the Nationals' Bryce Harper -- who has the second-most votes in the NL behind the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo -- and Chicago's Dexter Fowler.

In his lone All-Star season in 2014 with the Athletics, Cespedes batted .246 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs before the break. Through 47 games this season, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .275 with 15 homers and 37 RBIs.

Alongside Cespedes, six other Mets rank among the top vote-getters at their position. Fellow outfielders Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson rank eighth and 13th, respectively.

Second baseman Neil Walker, who entered play Wednesday batting .278 with 13 home runs, is third behind the Cubs' Ben Zobrist and the Nationals' Daniel Murphy. Asdrubal Cabrera is also third among NL shortstops in the first update.

First baseman Lucas Duda and third baseman David Wright each rank in the Top 5 at their position, but they are currently battling injuries. Duda is on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back, and Wright could join him in the near future as he deals with a herniated disc in his neck.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

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.

The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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