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Royals 'make a push' for Moose on Final Vote

Fans can show support for third baseman until 3 p.m. CT Thursday
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SEATTLE -- Mike Moustakas, a candidate for the the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, is going to get plenty of help in his bid to make the American League All-Star team.

In fact, he already has. Before Monday night's Royals game against the Seattle Mariners in Safeco Field, Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy dutifully filmed a video urging fans to punch in Moustakas' name.

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SEATTLE -- Mike Moustakas, a candidate for the the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, is going to get plenty of help in his bid to make the American League All-Star team.

In fact, he already has. Before Monday night's Royals game against the Seattle Mariners in Safeco Field, Kansas City pitcher Danny Duffy dutifully filmed a video urging fans to punch in Moustakas' name.

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He even wore "Moose" antlers while doing so.

"I think this whole team's been blowing it up," Duffy said of the voting. "Moose is up for grabs right now and we need to definitely make a push to get him there. I mean, he's hit 22 bombs in a park that's probably the hardest place to hit bombs at, you know?

"That's pretty impressive, to do what he's done before the All-Star break, which isn't even here yet. He's got some time left to hit a couple more."

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Moustakas, who made the All-Star team in 2015 after winning the Final Vote, this time is up against Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius and Rays first baseman Logan Morrison.

Voting this year ends at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. Fans can show their support for Moustakas by tweeting with #VoteMoose, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, any tweet that includes #VoteMoose will count toward his vote total.

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The Royals are planning to host contests to incentivize voting on social platforms all week and have also reached out to community partners, sponsors and local media to garner support. Part of that included Duffy in his antlers delivering the message to #VoteMoose on Monday.

Also, Moustakas has been paired up with National League Final Five candidate Justin Turner of the Dodgers, also a third baseman and playing in Los Angeles, where Moustakas grew up.

Tweet from @duffkc41: VOTE pic.twitter.com/FpgmOPdgU3

"It's definitely cool," said Moustakas, who entered Monday with a .270 batting average and 49 RBIs to go along with the 22 home runs, which already tied his career-high single-season total.

"Everybody that's in this Final Vote is more than deserving of being an All-Star. It's one of those things where whoever wins definitely deserves it. So it'll be pretty cool to see how it all shakes out."

Tweet from @HammelTime39: I'll b making sure I #VoteMoose!Let's get him to Miami, Royals Faithful!!!https://t.co/yynOnuATnR pic.twitter.com/IThpcvdRRH

Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, club sites and their mobile devices until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. CT, tune in to the 2017 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 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, 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.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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