Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

Miggy leads AL first basemen in All-Star voting

Much like on the field, Miguel Cabrera is off to a strong start at the ballot box in his quest for a third consecutive All-Star Game start. The reigning American League All-Star starter at first base is leading at the position again, outpacing Royals counterpart Eric Hosmer.

At this point, Cabrera is the only Tigers player leading at his position. He is not the only one on the club with a race on his hands. Slick-fielding Jose Iglesias currently ranks second to Alcides Escobar among AL shortstops, while his double-play partner Ian Kinsler is third among AL second basemen behind Jose Altuve and Omar Infante.

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"I don't pay attention until it's gets closer to the game," Kinsler said. "Then it is something I pay attention to, because if you're playing, you want to be able to plan it with your family for the four days."

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Yoenis Cespedes ranks fifth among AL outfielders, the top three of whom will receive starting nods.

Cespedes said he doesn't pay attention to the voting, "but I think I'm ranked No. 5 right now," he said with a big grin.

Cabrera has the third-highest vote total among all AL players with 1,347,351 votes as of Tuesday's update. However, Hosmer sits just about 245,000 votes behind, making it the closest race of any AL position. The Royals' resurgence on the field reflects in the vote, with five Kansas City players currently in line for starting spots and three others in second.

"I'd be more surprised if he wasn't," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Cabrera.

That surge includes Escobar, who leads Iglesias by about 365,000 votes despite the highlight reel of defensive plays Iglesias has put up as a resume.

"It's too early to say if he's an all-star or not," Ausmus said. "If he gets back healthy and plays out the first half like he has the first two months, he'd be a viable possibility."

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. Rick Eymer contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.