KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez continued to lead in the voting for their positions in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, with four days left.Hosmer, who helped Team USA win the World Baseball Classic in March by hitting .385 with a
KANSAS CITY -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez continued to lead in the voting for their positions in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, with four days left.
Hosmer, who helped Team USA win the World Baseball Classic in March by hitting .385 with a .615 slugging percentage, leads Toronto's Justin Smoak with 1,419,887 votes to 1,348,233. Hosmer, the reigning All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, is hitting .302 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs this season.
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Royals manager Ned Yost urged Royals fans last week to get on board and support Hosmer, and his pleas seemed to have helped.
Perez, a four-time All-Star, is hitting .290 with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs. Perez has 2,150,233 votes to the Yankees' Gary Sanchez's 1,337,651. Perez's first career grand slam last Wednesday helped the Royals rally past the Red Sox, 6-4.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who has 19 home runs, has pulled within less than 500,000 votes of the leader, Minnesota's Miguel Sano, who has 1,550,240 votes to Moustakas' 1,067,150.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps.
The Esurance All-Star Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. Following the unveiling of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.