Torii moves up, but Twins need All-Star votes

Veteran outfielder 13th at position; Dozier, Mauer among club's deserving players

Torii moves up, but Twins need All-Star votes

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second consecutive week, right fielder Torii Hunter remains the only member of the Twins among the top American League vote-getters. Fans can vote for the Twins on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Hunter moved up a spot from last week's ballot update, checking in at 13th among American League outfielders. The 39-year-old entered Monday hitting .281 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. Hunter had garnered 672,479 votes when Monday's update was released.

Entering Monday, the Twins had best record in the American League by percentage points and were leading the AL Central by a game. Seven members of the second-place Royals found themselves on track to start the All-Star Game, but notable Twins such as second baseman Brian Dozier and first baseman Joe Mauer are not.

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.

Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.