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Royals fans can help Cain in All-Star voting

Outfielder in tight race for starting job; Salvy, Hoz leading at their positions
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KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez still leads all American League players in the voting in the latest 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, and Eric Hosmer still leads all first basemen.

But the race for the final outfield spot is getting tight. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, vying for his second straight All-Star start, is third with 1,146,885 votes. Cain is behind Mike Trout of the Angels and Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox.

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals catcher Salvador Perez still leads all American League players in the voting in the latest 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, and Eric Hosmer still leads all first basemen.

But the race for the final outfield spot is getting tight. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, vying for his second straight All-Star start, is third with 1,146,885 votes. Cain is behind Mike Trout of the Angels and Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox.

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Cain, third in last year's AL Most Valuable Player Award voting, leads the Orioles' Mark Trumbo by fewer than 50,000 votes.

Perez leads with 2,063,459 votes. Hosmer is in front with 1,614,016 votes.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

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.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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