Royals have eight leading in All-Star voting
Infante grabs top spot at 2B, Salvy with most votes overall in AL
MILWAUKEE -- Make that eight -- count 'em, eight -- Royals that are leading at their positions in the American League voting for the All-Star Game, which will be played on July 14 in Cincinnati.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
The latest Royal to jump into first place is second baseman Omar Infante, who surpassed Houston's Jose Altuve, 4,518,765 votes to 4,209,702. Infante, a 2010 National League All-Star, could become the second Royals second baseman to be voted in the All-Star Game (Frank White in 1979).
The other seven Royals leaders also were leading last week in voting. Incidentally, the last team to have at least seven starters voted in was the 1957 Reds. Commissioner Ford Frick suspected ballot-box stuffing in Cincinnati and removed two Reds starters and inserted Willie Mays and Hank Aaron instead.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he has no problem with the way Royals fans have voted.
"It would be hard if I wasn't a Kansas City Royal or a Royals fan," Yost said. "But our fans are voting. And everyone can vote. All fans from all teams can vote. I'm not going to complain the system is flawed because of our fans are voting.
"I'm not uncomfortable with it. I'm not. If I had the chance to take everyone to the All-Star Game, I would."
First baseman Eric Hosmer continues to lead Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, 5,777,363 to 5,301,216.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas continues to lead Toronto's Josh Donaldson, 6,505,248 to 4,880,315. Donaldson, though, received more than 2.5 million votes last week.
Catcher Salvador Perez remains the AL leading vote getter with 7,202,292. Perez is followed by Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (3,260,864).
Perez is followed in the AL in overall voting by his teammate Lorenzo Cain, who leads AL outfielders with 6,611,781 votes. Mike Trout of the Angels is second among outfielders with 5,944,068 votes, while Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is third with 5,581,096 votes. Royals outfielder Alex Rios is fourth with 3,952,551 votes.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar leads at shortstop with 6,332,981 votes. Second is Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers (3,491,530).
And Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales leads Seattle's Nelson Cruz, 5,422,250 to 4,873,273.
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