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Puig sets All-Star pace for Cuban-born players

Dodgers phenom top vote-getter among National League outfielders

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LOS ANGELES -- If voters continue to cooperate, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig can register All-Star voting results of historic proportions.

Based on the most recent balloting, Puig would become the first Cuban-born player to lead National League outfielders since fan voting started and the first Cuban-born outfielder for either league to lead at the position since Oakland's Jose Canseco was the overall leading vote-getter in 1990.

Puig also would become only the fifth Cuban-born All-Star outfielder, following Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Tony Olivo and Minnie Minoso.

He would also become the second Dodger to lead NL outfield voting (Darryl Strawberry, 1991), the 29th Dodger to be voted onto a starting lineup at his position and the seventh outfielder, a group that includes teammates Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.

Puig entered Sunday's play with team highs in batting average (.311), extra-base hits (34), walks (38) and OPS (.920).

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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