Mauer, though, faces stiff competition at his position, as Kansas City's Eric Hosmer leads all AL first baseman with 871,222 votes. He leads Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (466,523), Baltimore's Chris Davis (387,876), Boston's Hanley Ramirez (296,276) and Chicago's Jose Abreu (189,963).
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Twins utility man Eduardo Nunez isn't on the ballot, but he warrants consideration, as he's hitting .338/.366/.506 with five homers, nine doubles, nine stolen bases and 20 RBIs in 41 games. Nunez, who has seen action at shortstop, second base and third base, ranks third in the AL with his .338 average.
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