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All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

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Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

FIRST BASE

1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703
2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681
3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420
4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281
5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675

SECOND BASE

1. Robinson Cano, Yankees, 3,974,322
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 2,838,129
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers, 1,767,806
4. Omar Infante, Tigers, 1,554,514
5. Jose Altuve, Astros, 1,227,462

SHORTSTOP

1. J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 3,509,180
2. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers, 2,505,348
3. Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 2,122,770
4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics, 1,491,376
5. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 1,091,707

THIRD BASE

1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 5,844,165
2. Manny Machado, Orioles, 2,752,627
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 1,792,809
4. Evan Longoria, Rays, 1,528,877
5. Josh Donaldson, Athletics, 827,381

CATCHER

1. Joe Mauer, Twins, 3,869,330
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 2,677,959
3. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers, 1,441,827
4. Carlos Santana, Indians, 1,285,650
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox, 1,256,505

DESIGNATED HITTER

1. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 4,398,197
2. Lance Berkman, Rangers, 2,004,388
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 1,688,099
4. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 1,257,577
5. Mark Trumbo, Angels, 1,190,709

OUTFIELD

1. Mike Trout, Angels, 4,822,983
2. Adam Jones, Orioles, 4,766,256
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,679,230
4. Nick Markakis, Orioles, 2,536,864
5. Torii Hunter, Tigers, 2,390,336
6. Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 2,258,797
7. Nate McLouth, Orioles, 2,169,772
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 1,751,022
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics, 1,556,700
10. Coco Crisp, Athletics, 1,421,277
11. Alex Gordon, Royals, 1,416,887
12. Austin Jackson, Tigers, 1,306,330
13. Josh Hamilton, Angels, 1,138,518
14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox, 1,059,429
15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees, 1,003,198

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER

1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals, 5,093,645
2. Buster Posey, Giants, 4,674,847
3. John Buck, Mets, 1,446,565
4. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks, 997,791
5. Brian McCann, Braves, 997,322

FIRST BASE

1. Joey Votto, Reds, 3,622,608
2. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 3,035,114
3. Allen Craig, Cardinals, 2,525,399
4. Brandon Belt, Giants, 1,804,152
5. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 1,494,604

SECOND BASE

1. Brandon Phillips, Reds, 3,411,839
2. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 3,186,423
3. Marco Scutaro, Giants, 3,142,783
4. Daniel Murphy, Mets, 1,598,297
5. Chase Utley, Phillies, 1,355,750

THIRD BASE

1. David Wright, Mets, 4,452,282
2. Pablo Sandoval, Giants, 3,610,096
3. David Freese, Cardinals, 2,376,121
4. Chris Johnson, Braves, 1,234,095
5. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, 1,072,563

SHORTSTOP

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 4,072,834
2. Brandon Crawford, Giants, 2,383,248
3. Jean Segura, Brewers, 2,072,083
4. Pete Kozma, Cardinals, 1,867,781
5. Andrelton Simmons, Braves, 1,192,066

OUTFIELD

1. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 5,013,806
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 2,928,606
3. Justin Upton, Braves, 2,917,659
4. Bryce Harper, Nationals, 2,902,393
5. Matt Holliday, Cardinals, 2,697,608
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 2,510,614
7. Hunter Pence, Giants, 2,379,606
8. Ryan Braun, Brewers, 2,331,774
9. Angel Pagan, Giants, 2,016,370
10. Shin-Soo Choo, Reds, 1,960,385
11. Jon Jay, Cardinals, 1,825,513
12. Carlos Gomez, Brewers, 1,746,318
13. Gregor Blanco, Giants, 1,717,194
14. Jay Bruce, Reds, 1,454,721
15. Domonic Brown, Phillies, 1,427,696

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.