Yost could have familiar faces in AL dugout

Yost could have familiar faces in AL dugout

CLEVELAND -- All nine players from the Royals' Opening Day lineup are on this year's All-Star ballot.

Manager Ned Yost, who will be managing the American League All-Stars on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, said he hopes the Royals will have plenty of representation at this year's game.

"It'll be interesting," Yost said.

Alex Gordon, a two-time All-Star, also believes the Royals could top the number of All-Stars from last year, which was three -- Gordon, closer Greg Holland and catcher Salvador Perez.

"It's great to be an All-Star, but really what's important is to keep playing hard and winning," Gordon said. "And if we keep winning, I don't see why we can't have more than three on the team."

Gordon, Perez and seven other Royals made this year's ballot, including two newcomers -- outfielder Alex Rios and designated hitter Kendrys Morales. Rios presently is on the disabled list.

Others on the ballot are first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Omar Infante, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

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Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

The 86th 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.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.