Trout maintains lead, nears 5th All-Star Game

Trout maintains lead, nears 5th All-Star Game

ANAHEIM -- Angels center fielder Mike Trout maintained his hold on the lead among American League outfielders in fan votes for the All-Star Game when the latest Esurance All-Star Ballot was released on Monday, three days before polls officially close.

Trout's vote total was up to 2,972,582, nearly 800,000 more than Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and more than 1 million more than Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts.

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When All-Star teams are unveiled Tuesday, July 5 -- at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN, during the "Esurance All-Star Selection Show" -- Trout will make his fifth trip to the Midsummer Classic and his fourth consecutive start. The only other AL players to make four All-Star starts before the age of 25 are Ken Griffey Jr., Ivan Rodriguez, Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and Joe DiMaggio.

Trout, who won't turn 25 until Aug. 7, batted .313/.411/.552 through the first 12 weeks of this season, adding 16 home runs, 52 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

The only players to compile more votes than him are Royals catcher Salvador Perez (3,754,594) and Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (3,400,200). Also on track to join Trout in the AL starting lineup are Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Bradley and Betts.

Trout, the first player ever to be named the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player in back-to-back years, will probably get the start over Bradley in center field based on merit. If the Royals' Lorenzo Cain (1,821,746) jumps Betts (1,915,637) in the final days, the AL would have three center fielders in the lineup.

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 8:59 p.m. PT. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

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.

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.