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Mike Moustakas has early lead in the All-Star Game’s Final Vote race

At Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals drummed up support for getting third baseman Mike Moustakas voted onto the All-Star team.
At Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals drummed up support for getting third baseman Mike Moustakas voted onto the All-Star team. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Royals fans are showing that they are still adept at All-Star Game voting.

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday morning that Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas had the lead in the Final Vote race, which will determine the 34th roster spot for each league. Although totals were not released for all five of the finalists, MLB said Moustakas had 7.5 million votes.

He is “followed closely by Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who were gaining ground on the leader,” according to the league. Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto was the leader in the National League, followed by Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

Voting ends at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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