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Melky needs help to start in OF; polls close Thursday

Blue Jays' Bautista still leading American League players in latest All-Star voting

Melky needs help to start in OF; polls close Thursday

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera has dropped to fourth in voting for the upcoming All-Star Game in Minnesota and will need a little help to secure a starting spot for the American League.

Cabrera, who was ranked third for the past several weeks, fell behind Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes when the latest round of fan ballots were released on Monday afternoon.

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Jose Bautista continued to lead all AL players with 4,460,245 votes. Angels outfielder Mike Trout is second with 4,085,647, followed by Cespedes (1,941,553) and Cabrera (1,929,506). Bautista is bidding for his fifth consecutive All-Star selection while Cabrera previously made the team in 2012.

Bautista leads the AL with a .432 on-base percentage and 59 walks. He's also tied for fifth with 54 runs scored, seventh with a .524 slugging percentage, tied for ninth with a .304 batting average and tied for 10th with 15 home runs.

Cabrera ranks second in the Major Leagues with 103 hits. He's hitting .299 with a .344 on-base percentage, 33 extra-base hits and an .809 OPS in 83 games.

Three other Blue Jays are ranked in the top five at their respective positions. Shortstop Jose Reyes is fourth with 1,008,063 votes, but he trails New York's Derek Jeter (2,924,686) by a significant margin. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion is ranked fourth at his position with 1,590,498 votes. Third baseman Brett Lawrie is fifth with a total of 865,684 votes.

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 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 Gillette 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 Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, 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.

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