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Brantley seeking boost at polls to move up in AL voting

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CLEVELAND -- Michael Brantley's success at the plate and in the field has continued into June, and with it he has been able to hold steady in the polls.

As of Monday's American League All-Star ballot update, Brantley remained Cleveland's lone representative among the league's top vote-getters, ranking seventh among the outfielders for the second straight week with 954,555 votes. This marks the 27-year-old Brantley's third appearance on the 2014 voting leaderboards after being left out entirely in the first voting release.

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista again led the AL with 2,906,878 votes after taking control of the lead last week. He is followed by Angels center fielder Mike Trout (2,544,658) and Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (2,030,773).

Brantley has a .323/.391/.519 line with 11 home runs and nine steals. He also owns the fourth-best OPS (.910) and the second-most runs scored (49) among qualified AL outfielders. He has the second-most outfield assists of that group with eight, trailing only Bautista (nine).

In May, Brantley strung together a 15-game hitting streak. It would be the fifth-year outfielder's first career trip to the Midsummer Classic if he earned a selection.

Infielder Lonnie Chisenhall, though he has yet to garner enough at-bats to qualify for league-leader status, was once again left off the leaderboards despite a hot streak of his own at the plate. Last week, he became the first player in Tribe history to manage five hits, three homers and nine RBIs in a single night, and he's hitting .365 with a .418 on-base percentage.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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