AL All-Star voting updates

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The league just announced the latest in the All-Star Game voting for the American League. Here’s where it stands. The only particularly close race right now is for the third outfield slot, which is a three-way deal between Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista and Adam Jones.

Catcher
Mike Napoli: 1,640,160
Joe Mauer: 912,997

First Base
Prince Fielder: 1,421,786
Paul Konerko: 1,147,089

Second Base
Ian Kinsler: 1,920,364
Robinson Cano: 1,732,359

Shortstop
Derek Jeter: 2,419,508
Elvis Andrus: 1,448,544

Third Base
Adrian Beltre: 1,634,057
Miguel Cabrera: 1,313,063

Outfield
Josh Hamilton: 3,833,504
Curtis Granderson:2,033,239
Nelson Cruz: 1,398,534
Jose Bautista: 1,357,784
Adam Jones: 1,318,091

Designated Hitter
David Ortiz: 1,758,369
Michael Young: 1,396,802

The National League voting will be updated tomorrow.

The Giants might be ready to part ways with Hunter Pence

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.

The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.

Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.