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Aaron Judge leads American League in All-Star voting

New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge looks

New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge looks for his pitch during the first inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game on Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

CHICAGO — Aaron Judge is running away with the vote.

In the latest round of All-Star Game balloting released Monday by MLB, Judge had 3,442,597 votes, far and away the most in the American League.

Next is Astros second baseman Jose Altuve with 2,925,041 votes. The Angels’ Mike Trout, out since late May as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, is the only outfielder within shouting distance of Judge with 2,559,173 votes.

In terms of total votes, only Nationals rightfielder Bryce Harper (3,617,444) has accumulated more than Judge.

Judge, who entered Monday with an MLB-leading 26 homers, is a shoo-in to be in Miami for next month’s All-Star Game, though he isn’t ready to acknowledge that. Results will be announced Sunday night.

“Haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” he said with a smile. “It will be real once the voting’s over and if I’m in Miami or not. That’s when it will be real.”

Judge, who again said he has not made up his mind about whether to participate in the Home Run Derby, entered Monday with a 27-game on-base streak.

Entering play Monday, he led the AL in 10 offensive categories, including homers, average (.332), RBIs (59), OBP (.440) and OPS (1.139), and is tied for first in an 11th, extra-base hits (40).

Judge did expand on his thoughts regarding the possibility of being joined in Miami by teammates such as Starlin Castro, Gary Sanchez and Dellin Betances, who could be named to the AL team.

“That would be exciting if all of us got that shot, and there’s a couple other guys in this clubhouse who could get that opportunity as well,” Judge said. “It would be a good group.”

Front-row seat

On Tuesday night, the Yankees will get an up-close look at White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana, with whom they’ve been linked for a while and again are as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. The former Yankees farmhand, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.69 ERA.

The White Sox had a scout at each of the Yankees’ last three series.

Razor-thin margin

Entering Monday night, five games separated first place from last in the AL East, which has been baseball’s deepest division top to bottom.

“I think it’s probably what we all kind of expected,” Joe Girardi said. “I’m not sure we all expected it maybe this way, but we felt it would be a really tough division, a tight division the whole way through, and it’s kind of living up to that.”

Extra bases

Didi Gregorius did not start Monday night, getting a scheduled day off . . . Adam Warren, on the disabled list since June 16 with right shoulder inflammation, played catch Saturday and Sunday and said the hope is that he’ll throw a bullpen session sometime this week. He hopes to return by the next home stand, which starts Monday.


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