Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge top fan vote, while Nats, Astros each put 3 in All-Star Game starting lineups

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have the two largest division leads in baseball and have been rewarded by the fans, as each squad had three players voted to be starters at next week’s All-Star Game in Miami.

Fans voted for three position players each from the Nats and Astros, with second baseman Jose Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder George Springer representing AL West-leading Houston. Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, second baseman Daniel Murphy and outfielder Bryce Harper, who led all players in votes, each got the starting nod from fans.

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    Curiously, the best team in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will not have any All-Stars represented in the starting lineup. However, four players were named as reserves or part of the NL pitching staff.

    That isn’t the case in the AL, where the Astros’ trio will be joined by New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, the AL’s leading vote-getter, and injured Los Angeles Angels star and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout in the outfield. In addition to Altuve and Correa, the AL infield will be made up of Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez in the infield.

    “I’ve got to call my family and tell them to book a flight to Miami,” Judge said Sunday. “They’re going to be excited.”