NEW YORK -- For the first time since weekly updates of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot began, Lorenzo Cain is not in position to start in the outfield of the All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego.Cain currently sits fifth among American League outfielders with 1,403,617 votes,
NEW YORK -- For the first time since weekly updates of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot began, Lorenzo Cain is not in position to start in the outfield of the All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego.
Cain currently sits fifth among American League outfielders with 1,403,617 votes, 31,601 behind Boston's Mookie Betts and 4,578 behind Baltimore's Mark Trumbo.
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An All-Star last year, Cain is batting .288 (74-for-257) with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 66 games for the Royals.
Catcher Salvador Perez, the leading vote-getter in the AL, and first baseman Eric Hosmer are still in line to start the All-Star Game on July 12, with only nine days of voting left.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar and designated hitter Kendrys Morales both rank second in votes at their respective positions, while Omar Infante has received the fourth-most votes for second basemen. Paulo Orlando has the eighth-highest vote total for outfielders, as well.
The AL All-Star team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star team will have eight fan-elected starters. Pitchers and reserves for both squads -- totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL -- will be determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers, Ned Yost of the Royals and Terry Collins of the Mets.
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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.
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.