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Ramos maintains lead, in line to start at ASG

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HOUSTON -- Chances for Wilson Ramos, "the Buffalo," are looking good for winning the American League starting catcher spot at this year's Midsummer Classic.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

HOUSTON -- Chances for Wilson Ramos, "the Buffalo," are looking good for winning the American League starting catcher spot at this year's Midsummer Classic.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

The fourth vote for the 2018 All-Star Game was announced on Monday, and Ramos advanced his lead on Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Ramos has 1,556,195 votes. while Sanchez remains in second with 1,116,568 votes.

Last week, Ramos led Sanchez by 159,030 votes, and he now leads by 439,627 votes. After the announcement of the first vote, Sanchez led Ramos by 15,311 votes.

Rays fans need to continue voting if they want to see Ramos earn the starting spot.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Ramos is in his second season with the Rays, and he has performed well. In addition to handling his catching duties, he has been a solid performer on offense. Entering Monday, Ramos was hitting .290 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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