By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
3:12 PM EDT, June 3, 2013
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones are among the leading American League votegetters at their positions through the first reporting of All-Star Game fan balloting figures, which were released Monday by Major League Baseball.
Davis, who leads the majors with 20 homers, leads all AL first basemen with 1,176,016 votes, well ahead of second-place Prince Fielder of the Tigers.
If he is voted in by the fans, he would become the first Orioles first baseman to earn a starting spot in the All-Star Game since Eddie Murray in 1985.
Jones is among the top three votegetters among AL outfielders, his 1,181,875 votes trailing only the Angels’ Mike Trout (1,190,676). Detroit’s Torii Hunter is third with 761,937 votes. The top three votegetters receives starting spots.
Jones would become just the fourth Orioles outfielder to be voted in by the fans, joining Frank Robinson, Ken Singleton and Brady Anderson.
Three other Orioles players currently place second at their respective positions.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is locked in the tightest race after the first round of fan balloting. Hardy who received 717,103 votes trails leading votegetter Elvis Andrus of Texas by just 10,452 votes. Catcher Matt Wieters is also second among AL catchers (715,055), trailing Minnesota’s Joe Mauer (863,450). Third baseman Manny Machado (723,943) trails Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (1,500,165), who is the AL’s overall leading votegetter.
Fan balloting at stadiums ends on June 28, but fans can still vote online until July 4 at 11:59 EST. Both all-star teams will be announced on July 7 and the game will be played on July 16 at CitiField in New York.
Jones is also one of 10 AL players in the Home Run Derby fan poll. Fans have the opportunity to select three players from each league for the home run derby on July 15 at Citi Field.
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