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2017 MLB All-Star Game voting: Mike Trout leads AL, Aaron Judge close behind


While some thought the Nationals and Giants fight on Monday was a bad look, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was enjoying it.

I don’t think anybody is right or wrong, Arrieta said Tuesday on 670 The Score in Chicago. I thought it was awesome. Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to see two teams emotionally charged getting after it. And when something like that happens versus continuing to chirp and talk about it, why don’t you go out there and see somebody? That’s exactly what happened in the game yesterday.

Bryce [Harper] and Hunter [Strickland] went out there, there were a few punches, they landed one apiece, I believe. And then [Jeff] Samardzija comes out of left field and smashes into [Mike] Morse. I’m pretty sure Harper was lucky that they collided, because Samardzija was coming in to do some damage.

Even if the two-time All-Star Game MVP was in Miami, the spotlight would surely shine the brightest on Judge. The rookie’s 17 home runs lead the majors, and a potential Judge vs. Giancarlo Stanton Home Run Derby duel at Marlins Park would be quite a drawing card.

Other players currently in line to start for the AL with four weeks of voting to go are Royals catcher Salvador Perez (420,268), Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (326,952), Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (516,268), Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (369,069) and Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (457,050).

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