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Blue Jays’ Bautista, Encarnacion, Buehrle named to AL all-star team

Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion celebrates his three-run homer with teammate Jose Bautista during first inning American League baseball action against the Minnesota Twins in Toronto on Monday evening, June 9, 2014.

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is heading to the all-star game in Minnesota as the leading MLB vote-getter for the second time in four seasons.

Bautista, who will start in right field for the American League team at the July 15 all-star game at Target Field, received 5,859,019 votes to earn his fourth consecutive fan election and fifth overall all-star selection.

He also led the vote total in 2011, when his 7,454,753 votes broke the record previously set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994.

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Bautista is one of three Blue Jays to be named to the AL all-star team, with first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and left-hander Mark Buehrle also making the cut.

MLB announced the rosters on Sunday.

Bautista, the captain of the AL squad at the 2014 Home Run Derby, leads the AL with a .423 on-base percentage and 60 walks, is seventh with 56 runs scored, eighth with a .529 slugging percentage and tied for 10th with 17 home runs.

Encarnacion, who injured his right quadriceps in Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics, was chosen by AL all-star team manager John Farrell as a reserve. Encarnacion has 26 home runs and 70 RBIs through 88 games.

Buehrle was selected through the player ballot. The 35-year-old is 10-6 with a 2.60 ERA.

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