Don­ald­son gets most votes for all-star team

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY RON­ALD BLUM THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Hous­ton sec­ond base­man Jose Al­tuve passed Kansas City’s Omar In­fante in the fi­nal days of vot­ing, leav­ing four Roy­als as starters for the All-Star Game.

Todd Fra­zier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Car­pen­ter and will be in the NL start­ing lineup for the July 14 game at Great Amer­i­can Ball Park.

The vot­ing re­sults were an­nounced Sun­day.

AL cham­pion Kansas City will be rep­re­sented in the start­ing lineup by out­field­ers Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gor­don, catcher Salvador Perez and short­stop Al­cides Es­co­bar. Four play­ers ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times pre­vi­ously.

Eight Roy­als were on track to start in vote to­tals an­nounced June 15, but first base­man Eric Hos­mer, third base­man Mike Mous­takas and des­ig­nated hitter Kendrys Mo­rales also were over­taken.

Seat­tle’s Nel­son Cruz, sus­pended for the fi­nal 50 games of the 2013 sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing base­ball’s drug agree­ment, was elected to start for the sec­ond straight year.

In the clos­est vote at any po­si­tion, Cruz’s 10.6 mil­lion votes edged Mo­rales’ 10.32 mil­lion.

Toronto’s Josh Don­ald­son will start at third for the sec­ond straight year af­ter re­ceiv­ing a record vote to­tal of 14.09 mil­lion, top­ping Josh Hamil­ton’s 11.07 mil­lion in 2012.

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