Dustin Pedroia, the fiery leader of the Red Sox, is in fifth place at his position in the latest All-Star Game voting update, which was released on Monday. 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.
Pedroia vowed back in January that his power would return after he healed from several injuries to his right hand. The second baseman has backed up his words, already having equaled his seven home runs from last season. Pedroia has 503,821 votes, trailing Houston's Jose Altuve, Kansas City's Omar Infante, Detroit's Ian Kinsler and Cleveland's Jason Kipnis.
Pablo Sandoval, in his first year with the Red Sox, is currently third at the hot corner with 483,807 votes. Sandoval, a three-time All-Star, trails the Royals' Mike Moustakas and the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson.
Hanley Ramirez, who cooled off after a monster April, is 11th among outfielders.
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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, t the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit 327,682 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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