Russell Preston, KHTK Sacramento

The MLB has released the American League All-Star votes for the third time and the Oakland A’s biggest chance to land a starter in the Midsummer Classic has fallen far behind.

Stephen Vogt, who trailed by 750,000 votes two weeks ago and 1.2 million votes as of June 1st, now trails the Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez by 2.2 million votes.

The A’s only have Marcus Semien as another top-5 vote receiver, placing third among shortstops with about 910,000 votes. He has more work to do than Vogt to catch up, being over 3 million votes behind another Royal, Alcides Escobar.

In fact, the Royals are absolutely dominating thus far, fans have been stuffing the digital ballot box over the last month and it is paying off. Mike Trout is the only non-Royal to be leading a position in voting, and even he isn’t leading the outfielders, coming in nearly 600,000 votes behind Lorenzo Cain.

Here is the current tally for the AL:

Source: MLB

Source: MLB