Cano, Cruz need boost in All-Star voting

Second baseman third in balloting, DH sits at fifth place

Cano, Cruz need boost in All-Star voting

SEATTLE -- Despite his strong start to the season, Robinson Cano of the Mariners is running third in 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Ballot voting for the starting second base spot for next month's 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, as the second round of results were released Tuesday.

Cano saw his string of five straight starting All-Star berths snapped last year when he had a poor first half. But this year, Cano has hit 16 home runs and 48 RBIs with a slash line of .284/.343/.560 in 57 games going into Tuesday's play.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is the leader in the early fan voting and he's also having an outstanding start, batting .336/.411/.557 with 10 home runs, 34 RBIs and 17 stolen basses. But Omar Infante of the Royals is currently second in voting despite hitting just .239/.279/.321 with no homers and 11 RBIs in 39 games.

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Altuve has garnered 893,332 votes, Infante 622,683 and Cano 536,550.

Nelson Cruz is the only other Mariner among the top five vote-getters at any position. Cruz is fifth at designated hitter, a spot he won last year for his fourth All-Star appearance.

Cruz's two-run homer

Boston's David Ortiz is currently the runaway leader in the DH group with 1,460,339 votes, well ahead of Kendrys Morales of the Royals at 650,077. Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, Detroit's Victor Martinez and Cruz are running 3-4-5, with Cruz at 305,573 votes.

Ortiz is having an outstanding season in his final year with 16 homers, 54 RBIs and a .340/.424/.732 line. But Cruz ranks second among all designated hitters in homers with 13 and is third in RBIs (40), batting average (.288), OBP (.379) and slugging percentage (.524).

A case could also be made for better support for Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, who is not in the top five at his position despite a strong .288/.358/.516 line with 10 homers and 39 RBIs after a slow start.

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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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Besides Altuve and Ortiz, other leaders in the second round of balloting are Salvador Perez of the Royals at catcher, Eric Hosmer of the Royals at first base, Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox at shortstop, Manny Machado of the Orioles at third base and Mike Trout of the Angels, Lorenzo Cain of the Royals and Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox in the outfield.

The second round of the National League voting will be announced Wednesday by Major League Baseball.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.