KANSAS CITY -- Time is running out for Kansas City fans to put their favorite Royals in their hometown All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals' top contenders are designated hitter Billy Butler, third baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Alcides Escobar, all in fifth place at their respective positions in the American League balloting update released on Monday by Major League Baseball.
In the outfield voting, where the top three gain starting spots, the Royals have Jeff Francoeur in ninth place and Alex Gordon in 12th.
Only four days remain. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Francoeur is the Royals' top vote-getter with 1,183,817, which places him just over 1.5 million votes behind third-place outfielder Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays. Gordon's total is 901,595.
Butler has 1,105,870 votes, trailing Red Sox DH David Ortiz by just over 2 million.
Moustakas, with 968,068 votes, trails third-base leader Adrian Beltre of the Rangers by slightly over 2 million. Escobar, with 880,111 votes, is far outdistanced by leader Derek Jeter. The Yankees' star has nearly 4.5 million votes.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com. And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.