Kansas City Royals

Seven Royals now in position to start for AL at All-Star Game

Royals DH Kendys Morales, left, and first baseman Eric Hosmer have moved into the top spot at their AL All-Star positions in voting by fans since the last release of totals.
Royals DH Kendys Morales, left, and first baseman Eric Hosmer have moved into the top spot at their AL All-Star positions in voting by fans since the last release of totals. AP

The Royals recent losing ways hasn’t stopped the enthusiasm of All-Star Game balloting.

With Monday’s vote totals, Royals now lead American League players at seven of the nine positions, with first baseman Eric Hosmer and designated hitter Kendrys Morales moving into the lead for the first time at their positions.

They join third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar, catcher Salvador Perez and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon as top vote-getters.

Only second baseman Omar Infante and a third outfielder, Alex Rios, aren’t leading. But Infante is second in the voting, trailing the Astros’ Jose Altuve by about 160,000 votes. Rios is fourth in the balloting for three outfield positions, although he has sat out all but 13 games because of a hand injury.

Perez once again leads all AL vote-getters at 4,419,620, and the two others who have received more than 4 million votes are Cain and Moustakas.

The 87th All-Star Game is July 14 in Cincinnati. The Royals are bidding to have a player voted into the starting lineup for the first time since outfielder Jermaine Dye in 2000.

Hosmer had been running second behind the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and Morales behind the Mariners’ Nelson Cruz in the earlier voting.

Two more voting updates are scheduled before the balloting, which is being conducted online at MLB.com, ends at 11 p.m. July 2.

The pitchers and reserves for both squads will be determined through player ballot and by the All-Star managers, Ned Yost of the Royals and the San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy.

Nine AL starters will be voted in by the fans, and Yost and the players will have 24 other positions to fill. Each team must have at least one representative on the team.

In the NL, it’s eight starters voted in — no designated hitter on the ballot — and 25 spots filled by Bochy and the players.

The 34th and final roster position on each team will be determined by the fans, who will cast votes from a list of five players in each league.

AL All-Star voting update No. 3

First basemen

Club

Votes

1. Eric Hosmer

Royals

3,551,005

2. Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

2,933,108

3. Prince Fielder

Rangers

1,088,428

4. Mark Teixeira

Yankees

705,886

5. Albert Pujols

Angels

587,805

Second basemen

Club

Votes

1. Jose Altuve

Astros

2,809,731

2. Omar Infante

Royals

2,650,416

3. Jason Kipnis

Indians

1,104,667

4. Dustin Pedroia

Red Sox

726,006

5. Ian Kinsler

Tigers

702,907

Third basemen

Club

Votes

1. Mike Moustakas

Royals

4,046,726

2. Josh Donaldson

Blue Jays

2,329,742

3. Pablo Sandoval

Red Sox

620,193

4. Adrian Beltre

Rangers

619,494

5. Manny Machado

Orioles

562,311

Shortstops

Club

Votes

1. Alcides Escobar

Royals

3,928,985

2. Jose Iglesias

Tigers

1,819,764

3. Marcus Semien

Athletics

910,707

4. Jed Lowrie

Astros

713,703

5. Jose Reyes

Blue Jays

464,104

Designated hitters

Club

Votes

1. Kendrys Morales

Royals

3,269,634

2. Nelson Cruz

Mariners

3,128,121

3. Alex Rodriguez

Yankees

788,538

4. David Ortiz

Red Sox

690,977

5. Victor Martinez

Tigers

504,983

Catchers

Club

Votes

1. Salvador Perez

Royals

4,419,620

2. Stephen Vogt

Athletics

2,198,780

3. Russell Martin

Blue Jays

855,798

4. Brian McCann

Yankees

750,605

5. Caleb Joseph

Orioles

400,802

Outfielders

Club

Votes

1. Lorenzo Cain

Royals

4,211,472

2. Mike Trout

Angels

3,668,577

3. Alex Gordon

Royals

3,393,134

4. Alex Rios

Royals

2,311,122

5. Adam Jones

Orioles

1,995,897

6. Michael Brantley

Indians

1,466,472

7. Yoenis Cespedes

Tigers

1,431,447

8. Jacoby Ellsbury

Yankees

1,256,232

9. Jose Bautista

Blue Jays

1,175,483

10. Josh Reddick

Athletics

1,010,239

11. Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox

857,182

12. Carlos Beltran

Yankees

707,986

13. Torii Hunter

Twins

672,479

14. Brett Gardner

Yankees

602,804

15. J.D. Martinez

Tigers

489,645

Next updates: June 15, 22 and 29

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