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Seager works himself onto All-Star radar

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners haven't had a starting position player in the All-Star Game since right fielder Ichiro Suzuki's 10-year run ended in 2010, but fans have a chance to change that if Robinson Cano maintains his current lead at second base.

That bid is now down to online voting only as in-stadium balloting has concluded. But fans have one final week to cast their votes for starting position players in the American and National leagues - either online or on mobile devices.

The next American League voting results will be released Monday and full squads for both the AL and NL teams, including pitchers, will be announced on Sunday, July 6.

Cano was the only Mariners player among the top five at his position in the latest balloting released by Major League Baseball. But a case certainly could be made Kyle Seager to make a late push at third base as he's posted some of the best numbers in baseball in the last few weeks.

Seager has hit .391 with eight runs, six doubles, three home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 12 games heading into Friday's series opener with Cleveland. He's tied for eighth among all AL hitters in RBIs with 54 and leads the Mariners with 12 home runs.

Seager's numbers are very comparable to Josh Donaldson of the A's, who currently leads the third-base voting. Donaldson was hitting .249 with an .805 OPS, 18 home runs and 56 RBIs going into Friday's action.

Seager is hitting .267 with an .824 OPS, with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs. Seager has the most doubles of any AL third baseman at 19, is second in hits to Evan Longoria of the Rays, first in triples with three, tied for second in home runs and RBIs behind Donaldson and is second to Adrian Beltre of the Rangers in batting average and OPS.

Yet Seager isn't among the top five third base vote-getters, which currently are Donaldson, Beltre, Manny Machado of the Orioles, Longoria and Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays.

Cano obviously has more name familiarity as a five-time All-Star with the Yankees and ranks among the league leaders in batting average at .324. The veteran second baseman held a solid lead over Boston's Dustin Pedroia in the most-recent voting results, but will be looking to finish with a strong push as he shoots for his fifth straight starting spot.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- 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 on FOX.

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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