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Moose maintains lead in AL Final Vote

KC third baseman has 25 HRs; balloting ends today at 3 p.m. CT
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KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to lead after Wednesday's second update in the Esurance All-Star Final Vote for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Moustakas has 8.5 million votes and his voting partner, Justin Turner of the Dodgers, leads the National League with 12.9 million votes. Voting ends today at 3 p.m. CT.

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to lead after Wednesday's second update in the Esurance All-Star Final Vote for the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

Moustakas has 8.5 million votes and his voting partner, Justin Turner of the Dodgers, leads the National League with 12.9 million votes. Voting ends today at 3 p.m. CT.

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Moustakas, who hit his team-leading 25th home run on Wednesday, leads Boston's Xander Bogaerts, New York's Didi Gregorius, Texas' Elvis Andrus and Tampa Bay's Logan Morrison in the American League Final Vote.

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Moustakas was a 2015 All-Star after winning the Final Vote, and Royals fans and teammates are pushing for the same result this season.

Here are a few examples of Moustakas' Royals teammates turning to social media to urge fans to vote, including "Most Interesting Man" Drew Butera:

#votemoose

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Then there was Danny Duffy:

Tweet from @duffkc41: If you dont #VoteMoose.. pic.twitter.com/eNyt5VdTuy

And Jason Hammel:

Tweet from @HammelTime39: I'll b making sure I #VoteMoose!Let's get him to Miami, Royals Faithful!!!https://t.co/yynOnuATnR pic.twitter.com/IThpcvdRRH

And Peter Moylan:

Tweet from @PeterMoylan: The @Royals are basically the AL @Braves so Braves fans need to #VoteMoose too

Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 3 p.m. CT today. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT today, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT, tune in to the 2017 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 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, 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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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