Monday June 29th, 2015

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz took leads at their respective positions in the latest American League All-Star voting update released on Monday.

The Kansas City Royals were still well represented, leading at second base, shortstop and catcher, as well having two of the three outfielder spots. Two weeks ago, Major League Baseball canceled more than 60 million votes after the Royals led all but one position. Donaldson took the lead at at third base away from the Royals’ Mike Moustakas and Cruz also passed the Royals’ Kendrys Morales at designated hitter.

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Close battles continue at second base, where the Royals’ Omar Infante leads the Houston AstrosJose Altuve by 231,708 votes, and at designated hitter, where Cruz leads Morales by 204,905 votes.

The Royals also hold leads at catcher (Salvador Perez) and at two of the three outfielder spots (Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon trail Mike Trout).

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The All-Star Game will be played July 14 at the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ball Park.

- Mike Fiammetta

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