Abreu makes his All-Star move

Abreu makes move in NL All-Star voting

Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu, whose monster May earned him National League Player of the Month honors, was a hit with All-Star voters this week. The Phillies outfielder rode a wave of more than 150,000 votes during the last seven days to vault ahead of Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr. and into the No. 3 slot in National League outfield balloting totals, which were released on Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

The other probable starters for the July 12 game at Comerica Park in Detroit remain unchanged from last week. St. Louis has three balloting leaders -- first baseman Albert Pujols, center fielder Jim Edmonds and third baseman Scott Rolen.

New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran leads the outfield voting, and teammate Mike Piazza is leading at catcher. Jeff Kent of the Dodgers is in first place at second base, while Nomar Garciaparra of the Cubs is still No. 1 in shortstop voting.

Pujols, as he did last week, tops all National Leaguers in voting. The Cardinal slugger's support stands at 748,844 votes, which is the third-highest total overall behind David Ortiz of the Red Sox (958,811) and Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees (860,958).

The races are a long way from being decided. Already, 75 National League players have received 100,000 or more votes and 17 have garnered more than 300,000 votes. Last season, when fans set a record with 14.9 million votes cast, there were 59 players with at least 100,000 votes at this point and 15 with at least 300,000 votes.

No National Leaguer received more of a boost than Abreu, whose 156,122 votes for the week moved him ahead of Griffey by roughly 15,000 votes.

Griffey, who entered this year's campaign having received more All-Star votes than any player in history with 37,524,916, is bidding for a 13th All-Star appearance, trailing only Cal Ripken Jr. (17) and Rod Carew (15) for the overall lead.

Abreu hit .396 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in May, and he drew 30 walks and scored 22 runs during the month. In one particularly impressive stretch, the Venezuelan slugger homered in nine of 10 games during a 13-game hitting streak. The Phillies, after a slow start, have been one of the hottest teams in baseball recently.

NL All-Star balloting update
Pos.Current leaderTeam
1BPujols, A.Cardinals
2BKent, J.Dodgers
SSGarciaparra, N.Cubs
3BRolen, S.Cardinals
CPiazza, M.Mets
OFBeltran, C.Mets
OFEdmonds, J.Cardinals
OFAbreu, B.Phillies
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The Phillies slugger was not the only All-Star candidate who moved up.

Dodgers shortstop Cesar Izturis moved into fourth place in what is shaping up as a very tight shortstop race.

Garciaparra, on the disabled list with a torn groin muscle, saw his margin over the Cardinals' David Eckstein shrink to just 16,937 votes. Eckstein, who led Rafael Furcal by only 49 votes last week, is now 26,349 ahead of the Atlanta shortstop, while Izturis is within 35,000 votes of Eckstein.

Pujols maintained his 300,000-vote lead over Derrek Lee of the Cubs, while Kent widened his lead over former teammate Craig Biggio to approximately 185,000 votes. Biggio's lead over Mark Grudzielanek of St. Louis is fewer than 50,000 votes.

Even though he's on the disabled list, Rolen padded his lead over Chipper Jones by some 40,000 votes and now enjoys a margin of roughly 156,000 over the Atlanta star, who himself was placed on the DL on Monday.

Fans can cast their votes up to 25 times with the Ameriquest All-Star Online Ballot, which is available exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Ballots also are being punched at each Major League ballpark. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.

From July 3-6, fans will once again be able to participate in the Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote, which determines the final position player for each League's 32-man roster. Abreu won the NL Final Vote last year.

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Results as of June 6:

1st Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Pujols, A.Cardinals748,844
2. Lee, D.Cubs435,404
3. Mientkiewicz, D.Mets230,181
4. Bagwell, J.Astros158,899
5. Delgado, C.Marlins138,557

2nd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Kent, J.Dodgers506,272
2. Biggio, C.Astros322,126
3. Grudzielanek, M.Cardinals274,467
4. Giles, M.Braves237,635
5. Walker, T.Cubs190,031

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Garciaparra, N.Cubs312,892
2. Eckstein, D.Cardinals295,955
3. Furcal, R.Braves269,606
4. Izturis, C.Dodgers260,683
5. Barmes, C.Rockies257,818

3rd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Rolen, S.Cardinals539,087
2. Jones, C.Braves383,083
3. Glaus, T.Diamondbacks306,062
4. Ramirez, A.Cubs282,109
5. Wright, D.Mets216,265

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Piazza, M.Mets579,502
2. Lo Duca, P.Marlins378,213
3. Estrada, J.Braves215,774
4. Molina, Y.Cardinals208,480
5. Hernandez, R.Padres195,088

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Beltran, C.Mets672,050
2. Edmonds, J.Cardinals546,739
3. Abreu, B.Phillies376,338
4. Griffey Jr., K.Reds360,947
5. Cabrera, M.Marlins336,634
6. Walker, L.Cardinals302,627
7. Jones, A.Braves280,204
8. Floyd, C.Mets274,495
9. Bradley, M.Dodgers261,545
10. Burrell, P.Phillies203,981
11. Drew, J.Dodgers195,384
12. Patterson, C.Cubs191,942
13. Sanders, R.Cardinals183,288
14. Dunn, A.Reds182,342
15. Bonds, B.Giants170,748

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