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All-Star Game: Aguilar wins fan vote

First baseman will also compete in  HR Derby

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar celebrates after getting a base hit during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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    Seattle Mariners' Dee Gordon wears a "Send Segura" t-shirt, as part of a team campaign to have fans vote for Jean Segura to the All-Star game, during warmups before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar hits a double, scoring Eric Thames during the first inning of the teams baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Jesus Aguilar (24) congratulates Eric Thames (7) after Thames scored on a single by Christian Yelich during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura have won the final two roster spots for next week’s All-Star Game in Washington.

Major League Baseball released the results of online balloting for the last slot in each league Wednesday night, with Aguilar drawing 20.2 million votes to secure his first All-Star selection. His total was the second-highest in the history of the All-Star Final Vote, trailing only Justin Turner’s 20.8 million votes last year.

The 28-year-old Venezuelan was tied for the National League lead with 23 home runs and becomes the fourth Milwaukee player headed to the game. Brewers outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich had already been chosen, along with reliever Josh Hader.

Aguilar will also compete in the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday night.

He’ll be the first Brewer to compete in the event since Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks did so in 2011. 

Former Brewer Segura snagged the last American League spot with 13.6 million votes. He was followed by Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

The 28-year-old Seattle shortstop was batting .329 and ranked second in the majors with 116 hits. He will join Mariners teammates Nelson Cruz, Edwin Diaz and Mitch Haniger at the All-Star Game. Segura, who made the NL All-Star squad in 2013 with Milwaukee, is the first Seattle player to win the fan voting for the final spot.

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt finished second in the NL balloting, followed by Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals and Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals.


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