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Ramos leads AL catchers in All-Star balloting

Rays backstop pulls ahead of Yanks' Sanchez in latest update
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HOUSTON -- "The Buffalo" has roamed to the front of the line, as Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has moved ahead of the Yankees' Gary Sanchez in the latest American League All-Star voting update, which was revealed Tuesday.

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HOUSTON -- "The Buffalo" has roamed to the front of the line, as Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has moved ahead of the Yankees' Gary Sanchez in the latest American League All-Star voting update, which was revealed Tuesday.

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"Pretty cool," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I saw that earlier on MLB Network. Good for him. I think he deserves to be up on that list. I hope our fans continue to support him. He's done some special things for us, and I think at this point he's very deserving of where he's at."

Ramos leads with 678,159 votes, while Sanchez slid to second with 618,899 votes. Last week, Sanchez led Ramos by 15,311 votes. Rays fans need to continue voting if they want to see Ramos earn the starting spot.

Ramos is in his second season with Tampa Bay and has performed well. In addition to handling his catching duties on a staff featuring so many relievers, he has been a big contributor on offense. Ramos is hitting .286 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs.

"I'm very excited," Ramos said. "I saw the result today, made me feel excited. Just thinking about the fans voting for me, it feels good. ... It's all good."

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, July 5, 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.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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