The first returns of All-Star Game balloting for the American League have been released and shortstop Jed Lowrie, rather than third baseman Josh Donaldson or outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp, has the most votes among A's players.
Lowrie, who is batting .314 and has 16 multi-hit games, was fourth among A.L. shortstops, with 523,743 votes. Texas' Elvis Andrus was leading the vote at the position with 727,555 votes, followed by Baltimore's J.J. Hardy (717,103) and Detroit's Jhonny Peralta (540,581). The New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, who has yet to play a regular season game as he rehabs his left ankle, is fifth with 380,445 votes.
Among outfielders, meanwhile, Cespedes is 12th and Crisp is 13th with 395,475 and 392,202 votes, respectively. The top three vote-getters among outfielders are the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (1,190,676), Baltimore's Adam Jones (1,181,875) and Detroit's Torii Hunter (761,937).
Perhaps the most deserving of the A's position players -- Donaldson -- was not among the top five vote-getters at third base as Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (an American League-leading 1,500,165), Baltimore's Manny Machado (723,943), Texas' Adrian Beltre (600,271), Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria (454,047) and the Yankees' Kevin Youkilis (235,388) made it up.
It was not announced how many votes Donaldson had received, though he was second in the league among third basemen in on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.529) and OPS (.920) to Cabrera, and Donaldson was also tied for second in RBI with Beltre (34), third in batting average (.319) and tied fourth in home runs (8). Donaldson also has a .967 fielding percentage, sixth-best among A.L. third basemen, third-best among the top five vote-getters at the position.