Cespedes third in AL Final Vote

The normally pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field have been no match for Yoenis Cespedes so far this week. The online ballot box of the All-Star Final Vote is another matter.

Despite home runs in each of the last two nights, Cespedes ranks third in the American League balloting, trailing two division foes. Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas leads, demonstrating again the ballot prowess coming out of Kansas City, followed by Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

Cespedes has been gaining ground after a big early deficit, according to a Wednesday morning release. But he’ll have more work to do in order to make his second consecutive All-Star team and defend his back-to-back Home Run Derby titles.

Cespedes has not benefited from prime time display, playing late-night West Coast games each of the last two evenings. On the flip side, he has pummeled a Mariners pitching staff he has hit for 17 of his 83 career home runs, and a ballpark where the ball has been uncharacteristically flying.

One night after hitting an estimated 411-foot drive to left-center field to start a go-ahead rally for the Tigers, he nearly matched it with a 409-foot to near straightaway center. The two-out solo shot in the eighth inning tied the game for Detroit, sending Tuesday’s game into extra innings.

Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

Cespedes might be benefiting some from the Tigers’ partnership with the Reds, encouraging fans of both clubs to vote Cespedes on the AL side and Reds ace Johnny Cueto for the National League. Cueto leads the NL candidates with about 4.7 million votes, but Moustakas has 7.5 million votes on the AL side.

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And in other breaking All Star Game news, Demi Lovato has replaced Ariana Grande for the concert. I didn’t know the ASG had a concert.

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