ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout ranked second among American League outfielders in All-Star Game voting when the first ballot update was revealed on Tuesday, putting the superstar center fielder on track to start his third consecutive Midsummer Classic.
Trout, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player, had 1,297,085 votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, second only to Lorenzo Cain (1,376,217). Cain was among five Royals players on track to be in the AL starting lineup, along with third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar, catcher Salvador Perez and fellow outfielder Alex Gordon.
Albert Pujols ranked fifth at first base with 217,576 votes -- more than 1,000,000 behind leader Miguel Cabrera -- and was the only other Angels player among the leading vote-getters at his respective position.
Trout, 23, has been an All-Star each of his first three full seasons and sports a .299/.392/.551 slash line through his first 45 games of 2015, adding 11 homers, 25 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is batting .288/.343/.425 while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense, but was not among the top 15 outfielders.
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.
Fans may also receive the ballot by texting "vote" to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada), or by texting "vota" for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages can be sent, with no purchase required. Reply "stop" to cancel and "help" for info.
Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, fans can return to MLB.com to cast their 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. During the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14, fans can visit MLB.com to submit their 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.
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