Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and catcher Matt Wieters continue to lead their respective positions in American League All-Star voting, according to fan balloting figures released Sunday night.
Center fielder Adam Jones jumped from sixth to fourth among AL outfielders, and he is on the cusp of being one of the leaders at his position. The top three outfielders in votes start the game.
Jones has 820,336 votes, trailing Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera (1,096,784) for the third spot.
Cruz, who jumped ahead of the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz last week among AL designated hitters, still leads Ortiz by nearly 400,000 votes. Cruz currently has 1,404,275 votes, compared to Ortiz’s 1,036,055.
Although he remains on the disabled list, Wieters (1,235,369) maintains a healthy lead over the New York Yankees’ Brian McCann (827,200) at catcher.
Also, veteran right-handed reliever Heath Bell, who was signed to a minor league deal last month and was pitching at Triple-A Norfolk, exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and became a free agent.
Bell, who was released by the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10 and signed to a minor league deal by the Orioles on May 18, was 2-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 2/3 innings with Norfolk.
Seven of his 10 outings were scoreless, and he recorded wins in each of his last two relief appearances.