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Royals fans can make it 7 All-Stars with Moose

Moustakas one of five candidates for American League Final Vote
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KANSAS CITY -- For third baseman Mike Moustakas to elevate his incredible comeback season to All-Star status, he is going to need some more help from Royals fans.

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KANSAS CITY -- For third baseman Mike Moustakas to elevate his incredible comeback season to All-Star status, he is going to need some more help from Royals fans.

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Moustakas, who led at third base for most of the fan balloting, missed out with the fan and player votes, but he is still eligible to make the American League All-Star roster through the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 3 p.m. CT on Friday.

While several cases can be made for why Moustakas deserves the nod, none are perhaps as recognizable as his offseason transformation at the plate.

In 2014, Moustakas' slash line was just .212/.271/.361, seven years removed from being the second pick in the 2007 Draft.

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The same could not be said for Moustakas' hitting this season, his line now .301/.357/.437 with a team-high 87 hits -- he finished last season with 97 hits.

"He's trying to hit the ball to the other side now, that's why he is doing so much better than the rest of the team," said shortstop Alcides Escobar, who was voted by the fans to start in his first All-Star Game.

The only regular hitter (more than 200 at-bats) with a better average for the Royals is Lorenzo Cain, while Moustakas' average is 11th best in the AL with the 38th most at-bats (289).

Moustakas, who was placed on the bereavement/family medical emergency list Monday, has yet to comment on the Final Vote opportunity. He is competing against against Boston's Xander Bogaerts, Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes, Minnesota's Brian Dozier and the Yankees' Brett Gardner.

During the Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, July 14, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 supported MLB.TV platforms, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities, including the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday. The Derby will feature a new format with brackets and timed rounds, and it will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports (6 p.m. CT air time, 7:15 first pitch), in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Jordan Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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