Panda among Sox seeking fans' All-Star votes

Sandoval third at hot corner in balloting; Papi fourth at DH, Pedroia fifth at 2B

Panda among Sox seeking fans' All-Star votes

MINNEAPOLIS -- In his first season with the Red Sox, Pablo Sandoval is trying to become a three-time All-Star.

The first round of balloting for the starters was announced Tuesday, and Sandoval ranked third among American League third basemen. Fans cast their votes using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

With 348,787 votes, Sandoval trails Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays).

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is fourth among designated hitters with 340,606 votes.

Though Big Papi has started the season in a slump, the nine-time All-Star vows he'll get in a groove soon.

"I keep on working," said Ortiz. "I'm going to keep on working as long as I play baseball and I will find a way to get out of it once again."

Papi's solo shot

Dustin Pedroia, looking for his fifth All-Star selection, is fifth at second base, with 320,420 votes.

Hanley Ramirez (10th) and Mookie Betts (15th) are among the top 15 outfielders in the balloting.

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 text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

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.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.