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OC Register: Angels’ Mike Trout begins march toward another All-Star Game


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SEATTLE — Mike Trout, who has been selected to the All-Star Game in all six of his previous full seasons, is second in voting among American League outfielders, according to the first results, which were released on Tuesday.

Trout has 639,822 votes, which is second to Mookie Betts (748,872). Aaron Judge is third, with the top three vote-getters starting the game, which will be July 17 in Washington.

Trout is hitting .304 with 21 homers and a 1.094 OPS. He leads the majors with a WAR of 5.2, according to FanGraphs, which has him on pace for one of the best seasons in major league history. Trout has played in five All-Star Games, and won the game’s MVP twice. He was selected for the team last year, but missed the game with a thumb injury.

First baseman Albert Pujols (fourth), shortstop Andrelton Simmons (fifth) and catcher Martín Maldonado (fifth) were also among the top five. Simmons is currently out with a sprained ankle, but he is expected back by the All-Star Game.

Shohei Ohtani, who is on the ballot as a designated hitter, did not crack the top five. Although Ohtani is now almost certainly unable to play because of a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament, there was some speculation that he could be voted into the game anyway because of support from Japan.

Online voting continues through July 5. All-Star rosters are typically announced two Sundays before the game, which would be July 8, although the announcement is not set this year.

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