Cespedes having a blast, but needs FV help
Tigers slugger 3rd behind Moustakas, Dozier after balloting update
SEATTLE -- The normally pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field have been no match for Yoenis Cespedes so far this week. The online ballot box of the Esurance Final Vote for the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile is another matter.
Despite home runs in each of the last two nights, Cespedes ranks third in the American League balloting, trailing two division foes. Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas leads -- demonstrating again the ballot prowess coming out of Kansas City -- followed by Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.
Cespedes has been gaining ground after a big early deficit, according to a Wednesday morning update. But he'll have more work to do in order to make his second consecutive All-Star team and defend his back-to-back Home Run Derby titles.
Cespedes has not benefited from prime-time display, playing late-night West Coast games each of the last two evenings. On the flip side, he has pummeled a Mariners pitching staff that he has hit for 17 of his 83 career home runs, and in a ballpark where the ball has been uncharacteristically flying.
One night after hitting an estimated 411-foot drive to left-center field to start a go-ahead rally for the Tigers, Cespedes nearly matched it with a 409-foot homer to near straightaway center. The two-out solo shot in the eighth inning tied the game for Detroit, sending Tuesday's game into extra innings.
Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.
Cespedes might be benefiting some from the Tigers' partnership with the Reds, encouraging fans of both clubs to vote Cespedes on the AL side and Reds ace Johnny Cueto for the National League. Cueto leads the NL candidates with about 4.7 million votes, but Moustakas has 7.5 million votes on the AL side. Fans can vote for Cespedes and Cueto online at www.tigers.com/vote or www.reds.com/vote, or text "A2" for Cespedes and "N1" for Cueto to 89269 in the United States. Standard message and data rates may apply. There is NO LIMIT to the number of times fans may vote in All-Star Game Final Vote. The winners will be chosen exclusively by fan voting totals.
Tigers fans who vote for Cespedes and select the "Detroit Tigers" as their favorite team will receive an offer to purchase Upper Reserved tickets for $11 for games on Sept. 21-23 against the Chicago White Sox. In addition, fans will be automatically entered to win an autographed Cespedes jersey and four tickets to an upcoming home game.
Fans who #VoteYo and follow the Tigers on Twitter (@tigers) and Instagram (@tigers) will have the opportunity to win exclusive prizes including game tickets, autographed memorabilia and unique game experiences.
During the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on Tuesday, 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.
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