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Mike Trout leads American League All-Star vote-getters


Yesterday we had the early leaders in the NL All-Star voting. Today we get the American League.

Leading the charge is a man who will almost certainly not be playing in the Midsummer Classic: Angels outfielder Mike TroutAaron Judge of the Yankees is second and Francisco Lindor is third overall. In the closest race Starlin Castro of the Yankees leads Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros by a mere 536 votes at second base.

Here are the vote totals so far:

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.