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Donaldson closing in on All-Star starting nod

Third baseman leads American League field by wide margin in latest voting update

Donaldson closing in on All-Star starting nod

BALTIMORE -- Josh Donaldson is that much closer to his first career All-Star nod.

The latest American League ballot update was released Sunday night, and Donaldson is not only still leading in voting among third basemen, he's running away with the race.

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The A's third baseman has racked up 1,470,544 votes. Tampa's Evan Longoria, once not far behind him, is next in line at 729,092.

Donaldson, an All-Star snub last year who finished fourth in AL Most Valuable Player voting, is in line to become the A's first third baseman to earn a fan-elected start, and the first Oakland player at any position to receive a fan election since first baseman Jason Giambi in 2000.

The A's haven't had a position player on the All-Star roster since catcher Ramon Hernandez in 2003.

Catcher Derek Norris is still receiving a good chunk of votes, at 813,053, and only trails the Yankees' Brian McCann by 14,137 for second place. Baltimore's Matt Wieters leads the pack of backstops with 1,235,369 votes.

Oakland's Jed Lowrie is fifth in voting for AL shortstops, and Brandon Moss, too, ranks fifth among designated hitters, despite boasting 16 home runs and 53 RBIs.

In the outfield, Yoenis Cespedes came in at sixth this week in voting, with Coco Crisp landing in the 14th spot.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 14.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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