MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins slugger Miguel Sano is aiming for his first All-Star Game appearance and is narrowly trailing the Orioles' Manny Machado in the balloting among American League third basemen, according to the first Esurance All-Star Game Ballot update released Wednesday.
Sano, who was hitting .292/.406/.590 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 46 games entering Wednesday, has received 363,607 votes, trailing Machado's 369,069. He's the lone Twins player among the Top 5 at his position.
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Sano, 24, led all third basemen in Fangraph's Wins Above Replacement, and was tied for the fourth-highest WAR in the Majors with Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.