Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz got caught in the undertow of a Royal blue tsunami Monday in the latest All-Star balloting update to determine the American League’s starters.
Cruz slipped to second place in the DH balloting — 141,513 votes behind Kansas City’s Kendrys Morales, the two-time former Mariner. A week ago, Cruz held a lead of 280,854 votes over Morales.
The Royals lead the AL balloting in seven of the nine positions. The only exceptions are Houston’s Jose Altuve, who leads at second base, and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout, who ranks second among outfielders.
Even there, the Royals have the runner-up at second base and the No. 4 outfielder.
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Cruz remains the only Mariners’ player listed among the voting leaders at his position. Major League Baseball releases votes totals for the top 15 outfielders and the top five at all other positions.