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VOTE NOW: Make Mookie, J.D. All-Star starters

@jessicacamerato
June 27, 2019

With time running out in the All-Star Starters Election, many races are still too close to call, and your votes will have a huge impact as most position battles have yet to be decided. • VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Starters Election Here's a look at who's leading as of

With time running out in the All-Star Starters Election, many races are still too close to call, and your votes will have a huge impact as most position battles have yet to be decided.

VOTE NOW: Google MLB All-Star Starters Election

Here's a look at who's leading as of 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

OUTFIELD
AL

1) Mike Trout (Angels), 25.8%
2) George Springer (Astros), 15.7%
3) Michael Brantley (Astros), 10.8%
4) Aaron Judge (Yankees), 9.8%
5) Mookie Betts (Red Sox), 9.0%
6) Eddie Rosario (Twins), 8.9%
7) Joey Gallo (Rangers), 7.7%
8) Austin Meadows (Rays), 6.5%
9) Josh Reddick (Astros), 5.8%

DESIGNATED HITTER
AL
1) Hunter Pence (Rangers), 46.8%
2) J.D. Martinez (Red Sox), 31.4%
3) Nelson Cruz (Twins), 21.8%

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BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora has three words to describe right fielder Mookie Betts and designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who are finalists at their respective positions to be starters at the upcoming All-Star Game next month in Cleveland.

"They're game changers," Cora said.

Betts is competing for a spot among American League outfielders with Michael Brantley (Astros), Joey Gallo (Rangers), Aaron Judge (Yankees), Austin Meadows (Rays), Josh Reddick (Astros), Eddie Rosario (Twins), George Springer (Astros) and Mike Trout (Angels).

Martinez is in the running for the AL DH spot against Nelson Cruz (Twins) and Hunter Pence (Rangers).

When the first round of voting ended Friday, Betts ranked fifth among the nine finalists in the outfield with 1,325,117 votes while Martinez was the leading vote-getter at his position with 1,564,520 votes.

Cora points to their contributions in winning the 2018 World Series as well as this season for their cases to make the team.

"What they did last year and what they bring to the table on a daily basis, regardless of what people think, they're two of the best baseball players in the Majors," Cora said.

Betts, who is trying to earn his fourth consecutive starting nod at the All-Star Game, entered Wednesday hitting .265/.384/.466 with 13 home runs, 36 RBIs and an AL-leading 63 runs. He trailed only Trout for second in walks (59). Defensively, Betts is tied for third-most outfield assists in the Majors (seven).

The 26-year-old's resume includes reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award, two-time Silver Slugger, three-time Gold Glove winner and 2018 AL batting title.

Martinez leads the Red Sox this season with 16 home runs, while hitting .285/.364/.516. He is tied for first among AL players with eight home runs against left-handed pitchers. Martinez has 42 RBIs, including nine in his last 12 games entering Wednesday.

Over his nine-year Major League career, Martinez, 31, has earned two All-Star selections and three Silver Slugger Awards.

The 2019 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played on Tuesday, July 9, at Progressive Field in Cleveland. It 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. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. During the game, fans may visit MLB.com and the 30 club sites to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Jessica Camerato is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Boston. Follow her on Twitter @jessicacamerato.