Mauer, Hunter lead former All-Stars on Twins' ballot

Mauer, Hunter lead former All-Stars on Twins' ballot

MINNEAPOLIS -- Six-time All-Star Joe Mauer, five-time All-Star Torii Hunter and Kurt Suzuki, a first-time All-Star selection last season, highlight the list of nine Twins on this year's All-Star Game ballot.

Mauer, in his second season at first base, is off to a hot start this year after struggling last year and missing out on playing in front of his home crowd at Target Field for the 2014 All-Star Game. Suzuki represented the Twins last year, along with closer Glen Perkins, but pitchers aren't on the ballot.

Joining the trio of former All-Stars are second baseman Brian Dozier, shortstop Danny Santana, third baseman Trevor Plouffe, designated hitter Kennys Vargas and outfielders Jordan Schafer and Oswaldo Arcia.

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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.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.