If you’re still holding a grudge over Jose Bautista’s antics after his home run off Orioles reliever Darren O’Day in Toronto, you won’t feel any better about him after Major League Baseball announced the latest American League voting results for the 84th All-Star Game.
Bautista, a three-time All-Star and fan-elected starter in each of the last two seasons, has totaled 2,679,230 votes to pull in front of Markakis (2,536,864)
Also, the Angels’ Mike Trout has passed Adam Jones as the leader among AL outfielders. Trout is first with 4,822,983 votes, followed by Jones with 4,766,256.
First baseman Chris Davis has received the second-most votes in the A.L. with 5,468,703, trailing Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (5,844,165).
Manny Machado ranks second among A.L. third basemen with 2,752,627 votes.
J.J. Hardy continues to lead A.L. shortstops with 3,509,180 votes, followed by the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta (2,505,348).
Hardy, Davis and Jones are looking to become the third trio of Orioles in franchise history to earn starting assignments together. They would join Boog Powell and Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson in 1971, and Brady Anderson and Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Roberto Alomar in 1997.
Catcher Matt Wieters (2,677,959) continues to trail the Twins’ Joe Mauer (3,869,330).
Nate McLouth ranks seventh among outfielders after moving up to sixth last week.
Here are the leaders at each position:
1B: Chris Davis
2B: Robinson Cano
SS: J.J. Hardy
3B: Miguel Cabrera
C: Joe Mauer
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Adam Jones
OF: Jose Bautista
DH: David Ortiz
Fans may continue to cast their ballots online at MLB.com, the 30 club web sites and their mobile devices until Thursday, July 4th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Results will be announced on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The 84th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 16th, at Citi Field in New York.
NOTES: The Orioles transferred outfielder Trayvon Robinson from Triple-A Norfolk to Double-A Bowie. Baysox outfielder Steven Bumbry was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Robinson moved down because the Tides needed room on their roster for outfielder Henry Urrutia.
Bowie pitcher Eddie Gamboa was named the Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week after tossing a seven-inning no-hitter yesterday.
Gamboa is the first Baysox pitcher to win the award since Jake Pettit on Aug. 19, 2012.
Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) has set the odds of the Orioles winning the World Series at 16/1, the A.L. pennant at 7/1 and the East Division at 3/1.
The Tigers are 13/2 favorites to win the Series. The Red Sox are 7/5 favorites to win the division.
Davis is 5/2 to win the MVP award, and Machado is 12/1. Miguel Cabrera is the favorite at 2/3.