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All-Star worthy Mancini in major need of votes

@goodforball
June 17, 2019

OAKLAND -- Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search. Even Orioles players felt the urgency to promote Trey Mancini, the top candidate to represent the team at next

OAKLAND -- Read our FAQ on this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters, and the ability to vote through Google Search.

Even Orioles players felt the urgency to promote Trey Mancini, the top candidate to represent the team at next month’s All-Star Game. Recently, several of them piled into golf carts and drove around the entry gates of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to urge fans to cast All-Star votes for the first outfielder, who has burst into prominence this year.

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“You don’t often see players driving in golf carts to support another player,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Monday before Baltimore’s series opener in Oakland. “It speaks to what the guys feel about him.”

Mancini has consistently been remarkable. He entered Monday with a .310/.365/.571 slash line, having hit safely in 54 of 68 games.

In the latest balloting update announced Monday, Mancini ranked 17th among American League outfielders with 206,620 votes. Nevertheless, his 83 are good for fifth in the AL entering Monday’s games.

Fans may vote in "The Primary" at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark apps up to five times in any 24-hour period. Fans in the US and Canada can also vote on Google Search for every position, or up to 17 unique players per day, by searching "MLB Vote" or the names of their favorite players. Primary voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The top three vote-getters at each position (including nine outfielders) per league will move on to "The Starters Election," which begins at noon ET on Wednesday, June 26. The votes will reset for a 28-hour voting window that ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 27. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled on ESPN that night at 7 ET. The pitchers and reserves will be announced on Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Then on Tuesday, July 9, during the 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.

The 90th Midsummer Classic, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Bird's nest

• Needing a fresh arm, the Orioles selected the contract of left-hander Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk and designated outfielder Joey Rickard for assignment.

• Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., who is on the 10-day injured list with a concussion, likely will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment in Triple-A in a couple of days, Hyde said.

Chris Haft has covered the Major Leagues since 1991 and has worked for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @goodforball.