Last week was a good one for Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, who continued his torrid first half by hitting his Major League-leading 20th homer and reaching 52 RBIs, which also led the Majors entering play on Monday. Cruz, who was hit on the left hand with a pitch on Sunday, moved ahead of Boston's David Ortiz for the top spot among designated hitters in American League All-Star voting after posting a stretch in which he drove in five of his team's nine runs.
Cruz set a team record for RBIs through May, passing Chris Davis' total of 50 from last season, and he entered Monday having hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. Cruz has received a total of 888,855 votes compared to Ortiz's 766,631.
Catcher Matt Wieters (842,775) kept his lead over Yankees catcher Brian McCann (605,941) despite a right elbow injury that has sidelined him since May 10 and has the backstop still on the disabled list. Wieters is vying for his third All-Star selection and first start, and he would join Terry Kennedy (1987) as the only catchers in Orioles history to earn a fan election.
J.J. Hardy remains in third place among AL shortstops, with first baseman Davis and third baseman Manny Machado each in fourth at their respective positions. Center fielder Adam Jones moved up a slot to sixth among outfielders, and right fielder Nick Markakis is in 10th.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide 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.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.