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Royals’ Perez still leads AL catchers in All-Star voting, Hosmer closes gap

Royals manager Ned Yost impressed with work ethic of catcher Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is impressed with the work ethic of catcher Salvador Perez.
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Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost is impressed with the work ethic of catcher Salvador Perez.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, on pace for a career high in homers and the highest OPS since his debut season, remains on pace to start the All-Star Game once again.

Perez leads all American League catchers with 1,025,982 votes, well ahead of the competition, according to the latest voting update released Tuesday.

Astros catcher Brian McCann has 791,517 votes, while Baltimore’s Wellington Castillo has 774,614 and New York’s Gary Sanchez has 710,388.

Perez entered Tuesday batting .274 with 13 homers and a .811 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Eric Hosmer, meanwhile, has pulled to within 25,000 votes of Oakland’s Yonder Alonso at first base. Hosmer, who has 626,783 votes, is third in the current voting, behind Alonso (651,055) and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (646,598). No other Royal is among the top five at his position.

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