Longoria needs boost in All-Star voting

Longoria needs boost in All-Star voting

St. PETERSBURG -- The latest American League All-Star ballot results were released on Tuesday, and the Rays do not have a candidate among the leaders.

Rays fans still need to get behind Evan Longoria. The Rays' third baseman is having one of his best seasons in recent years and seemingly has found his groove.

Longoria was named the AL Player of the Week last week for the seventh time in his career, and he talked about the prospect of making this year's team: "I love the opportunity to represent the American League," he said. "The All-Star Game, there's nothing else like it."

Only the Top Five at each position (and Top 15 outfielders) have been released.

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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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Longoria entered Tuesday night's action hitting .279 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs. In his past 14 games, he is hitting .563 with runners in scoring position, and he has 17 RBIs.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.