Posey Is All-Star Starter, Donaldson gets record vote

The Giants’ Buster Posey will be the only local All-Star Game starter in Cincinnati on July 14, and if the Athletics hadn’t traded Josh Donaldson last fall, the number would be twice that much.

Posey will start at catcher for the NL squad for the second time in his career, according to the final voting results that Major League Baseball released on Sunday.

Donaldson will start for the second straight year for the AL team after the Toronto third baseman received a record vote total of 14.09 million, topping Josh Hamilton’s 11.07 million in 2012.

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper set a mark for NL players at 13.86 million, topping the previous record of 7.62 million set three years ago.

Several A’s and Giants players are expected to be added to the rosters in the days ahead. The list of candidates includes Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, second baseman Joe Panic and pitcher Madison Bumgarner and A’s catcher Stephen Vogt and pitcher Sonny Gray.

NL team manager Bruce Bochy also might consider injured outfielder Nori Aoki, who could be added then replaced. Aoki ranks ninth in batting average, 13th in on-base percentage and 23rd in stolen bases in the league.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Four players ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times previously.

Eight Royals were on track to start in vote totals announced June 15, but first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales also were overtaken.

Seattle’s Nelson Cruz, suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for violating baseball’s drug agreement, was elected to start for the second straight year. In the closest vote at any position, Cruz’s 10.6 million votes edged Morales’ 10.32 million.

MLB said 620 million votes were cast, breaking the old mark of 391 million in 2012.

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