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Kevin Cash will definitely be back as Rays manager next year

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Kevin Cash will return as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018.

Cash is under contract for two more seasons after this one, but lately there have been some rumblings, primarily in the fan base, that a change may be in order. Topkin’s column, based on conversations with Rays insiders, seems directly aimed at quieting those rumblings, with quotes from GM Erik Neander talking up how much the organization likes Cash and wants to keep him around.

Cash is 214-244 in his three seasons at the helm. He had never managed before being tapped to replace Joe Maddon after the 2014 season.

Jose Altuve leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting

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The latest update to the All-Star voting is in and it reveals that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter in all of baseball. Altuve, on his way to his sixth All-Star appearance and fourth starting selection in a row, has has 1,572,101 votes. Altuve leads the Majors with a .342 batting average and 102 hits.

At other positions Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has overtaken Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees at catcher, José Abreu of the White Sox leads at first, third base is led by José Ramírez of the Indians, Manny Machado of Orioles leads at short, Boston’s J.D. Martinez paces the DHs and the Sox’ Mookie Betts, the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge round out the starters.

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