ARLINGTON -- Astros second baseman Jose Altuve increased his lead over Omar Infante of the Royals as the leading vote-getter in the second American League update in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. Altuve has 893,332 votes, ahead of Infante's 622,683.
Altuve is aiming to start the All-Star Game for the second year in a row in what would be his fourth appearance overall.
The only other Astros player to appear among the leading vote-getters was Colby Rasmus, who is at 15th among AL outfielders with 240,651 votes.
Altuve entered Tuesday leading AL second basemen in hits (79), on-base percentage (.411), OPS (.969), doubles (20) and steals (17) while ranking second in RBIs (34) and third in homers (10). He was hitting .336, which was fourth in the AL overall.
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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.