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Rodriguez needs support from fans

Rodriguez holding steady in All-Star balloting

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Ivan Rodriguez would love to start at the All-Star Game in Detroit on July 12. To do it, though, he's going to need more support.

Vote totals through the second week of voting were released Monday, and it showed Rodriguez still trailing Boston's Jason Varitek among catchers.

"That would be nice to start," he said last week after the first balloting results. "But we need the people in the stands. We need the people in the ballpark. If we average 12,000 or 13,000 per game, it's not going to matter. We need the fans. Not even for the voting for the All-Star Game, we need the support for the year.

"If we have a good crowd in the stands, it makes us play the game harder. If we have four, five, six, seven thousand, it's not the same feeling as with 30,000 or 35,000. It's kind of nice when you play like that."

Tigers' placements in balloting were all unchanged from a week earlier. Dmitri Young and Carlos Guillen remain fourth at designated hitter and shortstop, respectively.

Fans can cast their ballots online at MLB.com or at ballparks around the Majors. In-stadium balloting at Comerica Park runs through June 15.

Jason Beck 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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