And then there were two.
The angst over Royals fan voting for the All-Star Game certainly has blown over now. The latest batch of results shows two Royals in the starting lineup: first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez.
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who had been in the third spot in outfield voting, dropped to fifth. The Angels’ Mike Trout is leading the outfield vote (2,324,597), followed by Boston’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. (1,725,672) and Mookie Betts (1,435,218). Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo is fourth (1,408,195) and then Cain (1,403,617).
The top three vote-getters in the outfield will start the All-Star Game, which is July 12 in San Diego.
Perez has garnered the most votes of any AL player (2,744,293), well ahead of second-place Matt Wieters of the Orioles (807,958). Hosmer (2,054,642) also has a big lead over second-place Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (1,481,445).
Royals’ designated hitter Kendrys Morales (861,030) is second to Boston’s David Ortiz (2,612,215), while shortstop Alcides Escobar (1,150,576) is behind Boston’s Xander Bogaerts (2,116,020).
Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado (1,626,064) is well ahead of the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson (1,112,743) and injured Royal Mike Moustakas (943,582).
Houston’s Jose Altuve (1,606,705) leads at second base. Seattle’s Robinson Cano is second (1,004,620), while former Omar Infate, whom the Royals requested unconditional release waivers on Tuesday, was fourth (807,443).