Royals dominating AL All-Star voting
Hosmer overtakes Miggy, Morales passes Cruz as seven Kansas City players hold starting spots
The Royals are in an even better place than they were last week in the 2015 Esurance All-Star Game Ballot voting for the American League's starting position players in next month's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Still, there's more than enough time for players from other teams to move up the charts.
In the third voting update released Monday, four Kansas City players -- catcher Salvador Perez (4,419,620 votes), outfielder Lorenzo Cain (4,211,472), third baseman Mike Moustakas (4,046,726) and shortstop Alcides Escobar (3,928,985) -- lead the entire league in voting, with three more of their teammates -- first baseman Eric Hosmer (3,551,005), outfielder Alex Gordon (3,393,134) and designated hitter Kendrys Morales (3,269,634) -- also in line for starting spots.
Hosmer surged ahead of the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (2,933,108) to take the top spot at first base. Morales also made a move into a first-place standing over the past week, surpassing Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz (3,128,121) at designated hitter.
The Angels' Mike Trout (3,668,577) remains in position to earn the second outfield spot, though he slipped behind Escobar to become the league's No. 5 vote-getter.
Houston's Jose Altuve (2,809,731) still has a lead over Kansas City's Omar Infante (2,650,416) for the starting second-base spot, but it's a lead of only 159,315.
Another Royals player, Alex Rios (2,311,122), made a move up the polls, passing the Orioles' Adam Jones (1,995,897) for fourth place among outfielders.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson (2,329,742) is second in voting among third basemen, Oakland's Stephen Vogt (2,198,780) trails Perez for the top catcher spot and the Tigers' Jose Iglesias (1,819,764) is behind only Escobar at shortstop.
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