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Altuve, Astros make big moves in 2nd All-Star Game Ballot update

HOUSTONThe second All-Star Game Ballot update has been released, and several Astros players are making a charge towards playing in Miami on June 11 in the 88th All-Star Game.

[CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR ASTROS PLAYERS]

At least nine Astros position players are among the hopefuls to play in the game.

In the first update May 31, no Astros were leading at their position -- 2B Jose Altuve trailed Yankees 2B Starlin Castro by 1,000 votes, and SS Carlos Correa trailed Indians SS Francisco Lindor by nearly 350,000 votes.

This time around, Houston's league-leading record is clearly having an effect on voters.

Brian McCann is third among American League catchers.

1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 692,867 votes
2. Welington Castillo, Orioles: 543,146
3. McCann, Astros: 512,077
4. Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 461,152
5. Yan Gomes, Indians: 381,178

Yuli Gurriel lands in the top five American League first basemen.

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 475,826
2. Yonder Alonso, A's: 433,570
3. Carlos Santana, Indians: 420,336
4. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 399,545
5. Gurriel, Astros: 336,117

Altuve jumped to the top spot among AL second basemen by nearly 200,000 votes.

1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 998,107
2. Starlin Castro, Yankees: 778,699
3. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 402,228
4. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 248,739
5. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 213,804

Alex Bregman rounds out the top five as far as third basemen go in the AL.

1. Miguel Sano, Twins: 638,952
2. Jose Ramirez, Indians: 541,040
3. Manny Machado, Orioles: 520,116
4. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 332,287
5. Bregman, Astros: 305,348

Correa remains in second place among AL shortstops, trailing Lindor.

1. Lindor, Indians: 842,166
2. Correa, Astros: 662,124
3. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 397,326
4. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 389,541
5. Jean Segura, Mariners: 250,665

Evan Gattis landed in the fifth spot in AL voting for designated hitters.

1. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 615,955
2. Matt Holliday, Yankees: 460,355
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: 447,275
4. Corey Dickerson, Rays: 446,121
5. Gattis, Astros: 326,584

Three Astros vaulted into the top 15 outfield vote-getters in the AL.

1. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 1,251,543
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 1,155,356
3. Michael Brantley, Indians: 554,620
4. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 519,146
5. Avisail Garcia, White Sox: 479,349
6. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox: 416,461
7. George Springer, Astros: 413,115
8. Carlos Beltran, Astros: 370,951

9. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 364,493
10. Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians: 348,816
11. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 330,904
12. Adam Jones: Orioles: 327,983
13. Abraham Almonte, Indians: 302,402
14. Josh Reddick, Astros: 289,942
15. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 269,974

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until June 29 at 10:59 p.m. Fans can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

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