Bautista trims gap below Trout; Melky third

Reyes, Encarnacion also in contention for spots in AL All-Star starting lineup

Bautista trims gap below Trout; Melky third

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielders Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera are in position to secure starting roles for the American League at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota following the second update of fan balloting.

Bautista had received the second-most votes in the AL with the release of the first ballot update, and although he is still trailing Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Bautista has since narrowed the gap. His total of 1,351,896 trails Trout by fewer than 10,000 votes.

Cabrera made the biggest gain over the past week, as he moved into third place among AL outfielders with 743,208 votes. The veteran left fielder didn't rank in the top five following the first ballot update, but he now leads Yankees outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (625,206) and Carlos Beltran (565,554) for the final starting spot.

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie also made progress at their respective positions. Encarnacion is coming off a month in which he tied Mickey Mantle for the most home runs by an AL player in May with 16. He began June in similar fashion with another homer and has been arguably the hottest hitter in baseball for the past five weeks.

Encarnacion moved into the fourth place among AL designated hitters with 388,459 votes. Baltimore's Nelson Cruz ranks first with 888,855 votes, and Boston's David Ortiz is second with 766,631. Reyes also moved into the fourth spot at shortstop with 310,446 votes, but he trails the Yankees' Derek Jeter (1,007,968) by a significant margin.

Lawrie moved into the top five at third base with 268,136. Oakland's Josh Donaldson is first at 956,811, and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria is second with 589,621.

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.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.