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Mookie Betts leads all of baseball in All-Star voting in the early going

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Yesterday we had the first returns in the NL All-Star voting, today it’s the American League’s turn.

Mookie Betts is in front of all comers — at all positions, in both leagues — with 748,872 votes. Second in both categories is Jose Altuve at 701,236. For that matter, the third place AL guy — Mike Trout — has 639,822 votes, which is more than the top NL guy, Freddie Freeman had. The star power, she is in the Junior Circuit these days.

The other AL leaders: first baseman Jose Abreu of the White Sox, third baseman José Ramirez of the Indians, shortstop Manny Machado of the Orioles, catcher Gary Sanchez of the Yankees and designated hitter J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox.

Here are the totals thus far:

Yasmani Grandal played himself out of NLCS Game 4

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.

Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.

Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.