Pedroia making push on All-Star ballot

Pedroia making push on All-Star ballot

BOSTON -- As the Red Sox are starting to shake out of an early-season slump, second baseman Dustin Pedroia has gained some ground on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

The second baseman has also moved up one spot to fourth place in the latest round of American League All-Star balloting, which was released Monday.

Pedroia has 726,606 votes and trails Jose Altuve (Astros), Omar Infante (Royals) and Jason Kipnis (Indians).

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Pedroia is vying for his fifth All-Star selection and second in the last three years.

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Pablo Sandoval, in his first year with the Red Sox, is currently third at the hot corner with 620,193 votes. Sandoval, a three-time All-Star, trails Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays).

Slugger David Ortiz, vying for his 10th All-Star appearance, is hoping to recover from a slow start at the plate and is fourth at designated hitter with 690,977 votes. Kendrys Morales (Royals), Nelson Cruz and Alex Rodriguez are ahead of Ortiz.

Hanley Ramirez, who has regained his stroke in recent days, is 11th among 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.

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