DETROIT -- Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista remain within striking distance of a starting job at the upcoming 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in San Diego, but they're still going to need a little bit of help.
Donaldson was ranked third at third base when Major League Baseball released its latest 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update on Tuesday afternoon. The reigning American League MVP Award winner received 588,957 votes but trails Baltimore's Manny Machado (898,715) and Kansas City's Mike Moustakas (725,731).
Bautista also sits two spots away from a starting job in the outfield. He is currently ranked fifth at his position with 734,161 votes. Los Angeles' Mike Trout (1,344,578), Kansas City's Lorenzo Cain (944,362) and Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. (937,571) round out the top three.
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.
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.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.