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Mauer leads AL catchers in All-Star voting

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Minnesota's Joe Mauer leads at catcher in the first results from All-Star balloting.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera leads all American League vote-getters. Cabrera, last year's AL MVP and Triple Crown winner, has never been elected as an All-Star starter by the fans. He has 1,500,165 votes, well ahead of New York second baseman Robinson Cano's total of 1,235,230. Both Cabrera and Cano have healthy margins at their respective positions. The closest race is shortstop, where Texas' Elvis Andrus has a lead of a little more than 10,000 votes over Baltimore's J.J. Hardy. Mike Trout of the Angels, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Detroit's Torii Hunter hold the three top outfield spots in the balloting and Boston's David Ortiz has a wide margin at designated hitter.

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Voting will continue through July 4 and the teams for the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York will be unveiled on July 7.

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The Minnesota Twins got a day off yesterday for the first time in 17 days as they prepared for the start of a three game series tonight in Kansas City. The Twins earned the time off by winning seven-of-nine while slugging .449 with 15 homers - including four in Sunday's 10-0 win over Seattle. Nice stretch of baseball considering prior to that the Twins had lost 10 straight, tied for the fourth longest losing streak in team history. The Royals come into the series on a 3-14 slide. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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The Twins announced on Monday that they have selected the contract of outfielder Clete Thomas from Triple-A Rochester. Thomas has appeared in 36 games for the Red Wings hitting .296 with eight doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBI. The 28-year old outfielder appeared in 12 games for the Twins last year after being claimed off waivers from Detroit in April. Thomas will join the Twins today in Kansas City and wear uniform number 11.

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Left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson was designated for release or assignment on Monday making room for Clete Thomas on the 40-man roster. Robertson was drafted by the Twins in the third round in 2006 and made the Twins Opening Day roster before being optioned to Triple-A on April 6.

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