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All Orioles but Welington Castillo slip in All-Star fan balloting

The Baltimore Sun

Despite an improved week at the plate, Manny Machado’s quest for a second straight All-Star Game start got a little more difficult as the Orioles third baseman fell from his perch as the top vote-getter at his position.

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released its second All-Star voting update before the balloting concludes June 29.

Machado’s 520,116 votes now rank third in the American League behind Miguel Sanó of the Minnesota Twins (638,952) and José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians (541,040).

Machado had boosted his average from .205 to .219 before going 0-for-5 Tuesday. He had two multihit efforts and two home runs over the previous four games.

Now, he joins two other Orioles in the quest to be the fans’ choice to start at their positions in the All-Star Game on July  11 at Marlins Park in Miami.

Catcher Welington Castillo has 543,146 votes to remain in second behind the Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez (692,867), and Adam Jones is the 12th-ranked outfielder – down from seventh in last week’s release – with 327,983 votes. Jones is 226,637 votes from a starting spot as one of the top three outfielders, regardless of position.

Jonathan Schoop, meanwhile, was fifth among second basemen last week, but is no longer in the top five.

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