Donaldson, Martin pacing Blue Jays on ASG ballot

Donaldson, Martin pacing Blue Jays on ASG ballot

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have five players among the leaders in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Balloting for the upcoming All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, but they'll need a little bit of help to get a starting spot on the team.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson is the top-ranked Blue Jays player after he finished second in the first update of fan voting. He finished with 876,586 votes and trails Kansas City's Mike Moustakas (1,261,769).

Russell Martin, Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista find themselves in similar situations as all three players are trailing a Royals player after the initial results were revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

Martin is currently ranked third at catcher with Kansas City's Salvador Perez in the lead. Reyes is fourth at shortstop with 217,417 votes, but already has a lot of ground to make up vs. Kansas City's Alcides Escobar (1,191,268). Bautista is eighth with Lorenzo Cain, Mike Trout and Alex Gordon in the top three spots.

Rookie second baseman Devon Travis also remains in the mix. He's currently in the fourth spot with 320,572 votes. but trails Houston's Jose Altuve, who received 1,301,754 votes.

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 11:59 p.m. ET. 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.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.