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Orioles' Machado, Braves' Markakis continue to lead at their positions in All-Star voting

The OriolesManny Machado continues to look like a lock to make his fourth All-Star game for the American League. Former Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis is closing in on his first All-Star appearance in the National League.

Machado, who leads the Orioles in just about every offensive category, has the AL lead in shortstop voting in results released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

He has an advantage of 960,628 to 793,087 over the Houston AstrosCarlos Correa. Correa moved into second place last week and has cut into Machado’s lead. Machado had 213,000 more votes than Correa a week ago.

No other Orioles are among the leaders at their positions.

Markakis, who faced the Orioles over the weekend in Atlanta, holds the top spot among NL outfielders with 1,829,276 votes in results released Monday. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp surpassed Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for second, but Harper has a comfortable lead (420,000 votes) over Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon to be a starter.

From 2006 to 2014, Markakis started in right field for the Orioles. After the 2014 season, he signed a free-agent deal with the Braves, who lead the NL East. He’s having a career year, hitting .330 entering Tuesday night’s games and he’s leading the NL in hits.

The All-Star Game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington.

Harper told The Washington Post last week he would participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the team.

AL leaders:

C: Wilson Ramos, Rays, 1,063,708

1B: José Abreu, White Sox, 1,032,748

2B: José Altuve, Astros, 2,460,967

SS: Manny Machado, Orioles, 960,628

3B: José Ramírez, Indians, 1,319,651

OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox, 2,337,514

OF: Mike Trout, Angels, 1,989,649

OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees, 1,557,109

DH: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox, 1,675,492

NL leaders:

C: Buster Posey, Giants, 1,037,368

1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves, 2,199,904

2B: Ozzie Albies, Braves, 1,408,469

SS: Brandon Crawford, Giants, 1,701,098

3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies, 1,706,923

OF: Nick Markakis, Braves, 1,829,276

OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers, 1,498,827

OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals, 1,403,335

Fans can vote for starters at MLB.com and all 30 team websites using the 2018 MLB All-Star ballot until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. Fans can also access the ballot on smartphones and tablets via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period and a maximum of 35 times.

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