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Bautista keeping pace on AL All-Star ballot

Bautista keeping pace on AL All-Star ballot

Bautista keeping pace on AL All-Star ballot
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista remained among the league leaders for outfielders when the latest results of fan balloting for this year's All-Star Game in Kansas City were revealed on Monday afternoon.

Bautista is currently ranked fourth for American League outfielders with 1,357,784 votes. He trails Texas' Josh Hamilton (3,833,504), New York's Curtis Granderson (2,033,239) and Texas' Nelson Cruz (1,398,534).

The 31-year-old Bautista would need to finish in the top three in order to guarantee him a spot on this year's AL squad. Bautista entered play on Monday with five homers in his past eight games, and he was hitting .230 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs on the season.

Last year, Bautista set a Major League Baseball record for most fan votes received by one player. He finished with 7,454,753, surpassing the previous high mark of 6,069,688, set by Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994.

Edwin Encarnacion fell out of the top five for AL designated hitters in the latest round of balloting despite a strong first third of the season. Encarnacion entered play on Monday against the Nationals ranked first among DH's in home runs (17) and RBIs (44), while sitting behind Boston's David Ortiz in average (.290) and OPS (.937).

Encarnacion was ranked fifth last week but is not included in the top five after the latest round. Ortiz (1,758,369), Texas' Michael Young (1,396,802) and New York's Raul Ibanez (752,884) account for the top three.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- 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 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official 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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Other Blue Jays that are not listed in the top five at their respective positions but receiving consideration for the All-Star Game include shortstop Yunel Escobar, third baseman Brett Lawrie, center fielder Colby Rasmus and catcher J.P. Arencibia.

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