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Jackie Bradley Jr. in position to start MLB All-Star game

Former Gamecock Jackie Bradley Jr. is in line to start the MLB All-Star game.
Former Gamecock Jackie Bradley Jr. is in line to start the MLB All-Star game. AP

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who starred at South Carolina before beginning his professional baseball career, is in line to start the MLB All-Star Game, which will be held on July 12 in San Diego.

As of Tuesday, Bradley Jr. is second in American League outfield voting with 1,725,672 votes, behind only Mike Trout of the Angels, who has received more than 2.3 million.

Bradley Jr.’s teammate, Mookie Betts, is third with 1,435,218 votes, narrowly leading Mark Trumbo and Lorenzo Cain, who have each received more than 1.4 million.

The top three outfield vote getters will start.

If Bradley Jr. is elected, he would be the first former Gamecock to start an MLB All-Star game since Brian Roberts in 2005. He would also be the first USC player to be named an all-star since Roberts in 2007.

Former USC first baseman Justin Smoak, who plays for the Blue Jays, has the fifth-most votes in the AL at first base with 523,900. Eric Hosmer of the Royals leads the way with more than 2 million.

Bradley Jr. is hitting .301 with 17 doubles, six triples, 12 homers and 45 RBIs. He’s eighth in the majors with a .959 OPS.

Smoak’s batting .247 with eight doubles, seven homers and 20 RBIs.

To vote for Bradley Jr., Smoak and make other all-star selections click here.

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