The Tampa Bay Rays are fighting for first place in the American League East.
They’re also fighting for a little all-star recognition.
Turns out, they’re waging a better war in the first instance than the second.
In the latest voting totals announced by baseball, the Rays did not scratch in the voting despite being tied for the second-highest vote total in the the league. The top five vote-getters at each position does not include a Ray, nor do the top 15 outfielders.
The Kansas City Royals continue to dominate the voting with five players leading their voting. Among the others who lead in the voting are Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.
The Royals are second in the voting at four other positions and are second, third and sixth among outfielders.
Among the Rays who might have an argument for the team are designated hitter Joey Butler (.315), second baseman Logan Forsythe (hitting .297, compared with vote-leader Omar Infante, who is hitting .237) and third baseman Evan Longoria (.279).
Pitchers Chris Archer and Brad Boxberger each have a shot at the team.