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Cano takes lead at second base in AL All-Star vote

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SEATTLE -- New Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has moved into first place in fan voting for a starting position on the 2014 American League All-Star team in the latest ballot count released on Monday by Major League Baseball.

Cano, who was voted the AL's starting second baseman the past four years while playing for the Yankees, was about 6,000 votes behind Detroit's Ian Kinsler in the initial results released last week. But the new tally shows Cano moving into the lead by more than 75,000 votes.

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Cano is currently at 726,158 votes, with Kinsler at 649,926. Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox is third with 540,515, while the Twins' Brian Dozier sits fourth among second basemen with 360,089.

Cano has a chance to become the third second baseman in AL history to earn five consecutive fan-elected starts, joining Hall of Famers Rod Carew (six straight from 1970-75) and Roberto Alomar (five straight, 1996-2000).

In addition, Cano would join Bret Boone (2001) as the only fan-elected starting second basemen in Mariners history, and he could become just the fourth Seattle infielder to receive an election from the fans, joining Boone, first baseman John Olerud (2001) and shortstop Alex Rodriguez (1997-98; 2000).

The Mariners haven't had any position players selected to the All-Star team since outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2010.

Cano has been sidelined the last four games with a bruised left hand, which already is the most games he's missed in a season since 2007. The Mariners are in New York on Monday night for a makeup game against the Yankees, which will be Cano's third game back in the Bronx since signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle.

Heading into Monday's game, the 31-year-old Cano ranks third among AL hitters with a .327 batting average, is tied for third with 22 multihit games and is tied for seventh with 67 hits.

Cano is the only Mariners player ranked among the top five position players or top 15 outfielders in the AL All-Star voting. The updated National League numbers will be released on Tuesday.

The other change among AL leaders from the first week comes at designated hitter, where the Orioles' Nelson Cruz has overtaken Boston's David Ortiz.

The 85th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, at Target Field in Minneapolis.

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.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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