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Moose ranks among third-base vote leaders

Moose ranks among third-base vote leaders

Moose ranks among third-base vote leaders
KANSAS CITY -- Mike Moustakas has found himself in pretty elite company.

The latest balloting update for the All-Star Game was announced Monday, and Moustakas -- with his 651,403 votes -- remained in the top five among American League third basemen, alongside Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Evan Longoria and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom have been All-Stars on numerous occasions.

"It's really cool. It's awesome to just even be mentioned with those guys," Moustakas said. "It's just crazy to think that I'm in fifth place with those guys. Those guys are unbelievable baseball players. It's a real honor for me to even be mentioned."

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It's good company to be in, and it shows the effect of Moustakas' great play at the plate and in the field this season. He's one of several Royals who are vying for spots in the starting lineup when the Midsummer Classic is played at Kauffman Stadium at 7 p.m. CT on July 10.

Moustakas ranks fifth among third basemen, and three of his Royals teammates also rank high in their respective positions. Outfielder Jeff Francoeur is the team's top vote-getter for the second week in a row, and he ranks eighth among AL outfielders with 823,568 votes. Alex Gordon, ranked 12th last week, now ranks 15th among AL outfielders with 609,890 votes. Shortstop Alcides Escobar ranks fifth among AL shortstops with 584,547 votes. Designated hitter Billy Butler fell out of the top five this week.

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 10:59 p.m. CT.

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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star team 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 participate 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 provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit. allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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