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Martinez, Betts leading Sox in AL Primary vote

@IanMBrowne
June 10, 2019

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.

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.

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora and his coaching staff are already set to go the All-Star Game as a reward for winning the World Series last season. They are hoping to have several players join them.

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As the first round of fan balloting was released on Monday, several Red Sox players were in the mix. Star slugger J.D. Martinez is the current leader at designated hitter with 491,955 votes.

Martinez, who returned to the lineup Monday after missing the previous four games with back woes, is having a solid season. He is hitting .296 with 12 homers and an .889 OPS.

A Boston player who is clearly rising to All-Star level this season is third baseman Rafael Devers, who currently ranks fourth at his position (202,569 votes). The sweet-swinging, left-handed hitter is hitting .301 with nine homers and 40 RBIs. Of late, his defense at third base has been greatly improved.

Though last year’s AL MVP Mookie Betts is off to a modest start, he remains one of the finest all-around players in the game. Betts is fifth among outfielders (450,407 votes).

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts (220,317 votes) continues to be one of Boston’s most consistent players, and he is fifth at shortstop.

Rookie Michael Chavis (156,208 votes), who gave the Red Sox a big production lift after his callup from the Minor Leagues, is fifth in voting at second base.

One of the most-improved players on the Red Sox this season is Christian Vazquez (183,291 votes), and he ranks fifth in balloting among catchers.

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, June 21.

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.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.