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V. Martinez third among DHs in All-Star vote

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ARLINGTON -- Victor Martinez entered Wednesday ranked third in the league in batting average. However, he entered the week ranked third among AL designated hitters in All-Star balloting.

If he's going to turn his career renaissance season into his first All-Star Game selection since 2010, he's going to need a late vote surge.

Martinez bumped his average back over the .330 mark Wednesday with an RBI double in his first at-bat, temporarily pushing him past Robinson Cano for second in the AL and leaving him trailing only Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for the league lead. He had about a 35-point edge in average on Baltimore's Nelson Cruz, who leads the DH position in balloting, and 75 points on David Ortiz, the annual pick at the spot.

Martinez's .986 OPS, meanwhile, leads all American League players at any position besides Mike Trout, including about a 40-point lead on Cruz.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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