Wieters slips to third in All-Star voting (Eyre released)

Major League Baseball released the latest All-Star Game vote totals in the American League, and Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has dropped to third behind the Rangers' Mike Napoli and the Twins' Joe Mauer.

Wieters was second a week ago, but Mauer has passed him with 912,997 votes. Wieters has received 904,425 votes.

J.J. Hardy ranks third among shortstops. Robert Andino is fourth among second basemen, Adam Jones ranks fifth among outfielders, and Nick Markakis slipped to 15th among outfielders.

Here's how the voting stacks up at positions that include the Orioles:

Catchers:
1. Mike Napoli, Rangers, 1,640,160
2. Joe Mauer, Twins, 912,997
3. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 904,425
4. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox, 733,282
5. Russell Martin, Yankees, 602,983

Second basemen:
1. Ian Kinsler, Rangers, 1,920,364
2. Robinson Cano, Yankees, 1,732,359
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 1,037,522
4. Robert Andino, Orioles, 402,083
5. Jason Kipnis, Indians, 357,651

Shortstops:
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees, 2,419,508
2. Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 1,448,544
3. J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 663,042
4. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians, 514,741
5. Alcides Escobar, Royals, 493,947

Outfielders:
1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers, 3,833,504
2. Curtis Granderson, Yankees, 2,033,239
3. Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 1,398,534
4. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 1,357,784
5. Adam Jones, Orioles, 1,318,091
6. David Murphy, Rangers, 884,522
7. Nick Swisher, Yankees, 862,648
8. Jeff Francoeur, Royals, 654,999
9. Brett Gardner, Yankees, 612,306
10. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners, 605,663
11. Austin Jackson, Tigers, 545,032
12. Alex Gordon, Royals, 520,156
13. B.J. Upton, Rays, 504,914
14. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 503,912
15. Nick Markakis, Orioles, 502,615

NOTE: The Orioles have released Triple-A Norfolk reliever Willie Eyre to make room on the active roster for pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, who was optioned over the weekend.

Eyre, re-signed as a minor league free agent over the winter, was 1-3 with a 7.92 ERA in 21 games.

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