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Jones slipping in All-Star Game balloting, Orioles sign three more draft picks

Baltimore Orioles DH Adam Jones pops his bubble gum on his face after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
Baltimore Orioles DH Adam Jones pops his bubble gum on his face after striking out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, June 20, 2015. (Nathan Denette / Associated Press)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' chances of being voted to start in the All-Star Game took a major hit as he dropped two spots in the latest American League All-Star Game fan balloting results released Monday.

Jones, who was fifth among AL outfielders in the last update -- the top three vote getters are the starters -- dropped to seventh, passed by Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes and Toronto's Jose Bautista. Jones trails Bautista by 472,891 votes.

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Manny Machado passed Texas' Adrian Beltre to move up to fourth among AL third basemen. Machado made up a 57,183-vote gap and now leads Beltre by 124,699 votes. Machado still trails leader Mike Moustakas by nearly 8 million votes.

Catcher Caleb Joseph, who was fifth among AL catchers, fell out of the top five.

Fan balloting ends July 2.

Orioles sign three more picks

The Orioles have signed 11 of their first 13 selections in this year's draft after announcing the signing of three high-school picks on Monday.

Fourth-rounder Ryan McKenna, an outfielder from St. Thomas Aquinas in New Hampshire; fifth-rounder Jason Heinrich, an outfielder from River Ridge in Florida; and eighth-rounder Seamus Curran, a first baseman from Agawam in Massachusetts all signed with the club, the team announced Monday.

First-round pick DJ Stewart (Florida State) and second-rounder Jonathan Hughes (Flowery Branch High in Georgia) are now the Orioles' only unsigned picks in their first 12 rounds.

The Orioles have signed 33 of their 41 picks overall.

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