Donaldson needs final push on fan ballot

Reigning AL MVP trails Machado by nearly 600,000 votes

Donaldson needs final push on fan ballot

DENVER -- Josh Donaldson remains within striking position of a starting spot on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, but he's going to need a big final push to get there.

Donaldson remained in second place when the fan ballot update was released by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon. The reigning American League MVP has 1,590,183 votes at third base, which puts him behind Baltimore's Manny Machado.

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Machado finished the final ballot update with 2,196,732 votes and Donaldson will need to make up the nearly 600,000 gap over the next three days to win a starting spot. Even if he falls short, Donaldson should be a lock to make the AL team as a reserve.

Toronto also has several other players with ranked positions on the ballot. Edwin Encarnacion is second at DH with 1,131,827 votes but trails Boston's David Ortiz (3,400,200) by a distant margin. Russell Martin (981,618) is third at catcher, Troy Tulowitzki (1,136,479) is third at shortstop and Justin Smoak (772,948) is fourth at first base.

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In the outfield, Jose Bautista still has an outside shot at a starting job. He's sixth on the list with 1,707,134 votes while Kevin Pillar is 11th and Michael Saunders is 12th. Bautista is currently on the disabled list with turf toe and is expected to be out until approximately the All-Star break.

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 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.