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Mookie, J.D. maintain starting spots on ASB

Moreland, seeking first All-Star selection, is second at first base
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MINNEAPOLIS -- While Red Sox stars Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez remain in command at their respective positions in the latest round of All-Star balloting, first baseman Mitch Moreland also remains in contention to be a starter at the Midsummer Classic.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- While Red Sox stars Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez remain in command at their respective positions in the latest round of All-Star balloting, first baseman Mitch Moreland also remains in contention to be a starter at the Midsummer Classic.

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And the support has started within the clubhouse for Moreland, who has 472,245 votes, placing him second behind White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (636,666).

"Mitch has been really good. I don't think he gets the amount of love he should be getting," Red Sox starter David Price said. "Obviously Mookie is going to be an All-Star. He doesn't need votes. J.D. doesn't need votes either. Vote for Mitch."

Moreland has never been an All-Star.

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"The season he's had, starting off as kind of the backup, playing against righties here and there. For him to take over that first-base job every day in the way he's done it, he's an All-Star, and he needs to get there," Price said.

Moreland entered Tuesday's game against the Twins with 10 homers, 33 RBIs and an .882 OPS in 181 at-bats.

Betts leads outfielders with 1,568,417 votes. The Angels' Mike Trout and the Yankees' Aaron Judge are currently on pace to join him in the starting outfield for the American League.

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Martinez, who is on the ballot at designated hitter, has 1,119,263 votes, more than double his nearest competitor in the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton (478,872).

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., 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 of the All-Star Game. 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.

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