Adrian leading Dodgers' charge on All-Star ballot

Adrian leading Dodgers' charge on All-Star ballot

DENVER -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is at it again with another quick start to the season, placing him among a group of worthy Dodgers listed on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released on Sunday.

Gonzalez made the All-Star team last year for the fifth time. Other Dodgers on the ballot having outstanding Aprils include catcher Yasmani Grandal, right fielder Yasiel Puig and second baseman Chase Utley.

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Grandal was an All-Star last year for the first time. Despite beginning this season on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, he's been on fire since being activated.

Puig, an All-Star in 2014, has turned a corner in his career. On the rebound from injuries the past two seasons, he is winning games with his bat, glove and throwing arm.

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Utley, a six-time All-Star, has found the fountain of youth at 37. Pressed into regular duty by an injury to Howie Kendrick, Utley has been a leadoff catalyst and team leader.

Other Dodgers on the ballot are Kendrick, shortstop Corey Seager, third baseman Justin Turner and outfielder Joc Pederson.

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The other side: Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus has begun 2016 like it will be the best year of his career, with an OPS 300 points above his career average.

Tip of the cap: It's easy to get lost in the shuffle playing in the same outfield as Giancarlo Stanton, but Christian Yelich just might add a batting title to the Gold Glove he's already won.

A rising star: Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has deservedly received early-season attention, but Houston's Tyler White has comparable offensive stats.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.