AL All-Star squad taking shape

AL All-Star squad taking shape

New York Yankees part-time first baseman Tino Martinez, whose slump on the field has not extended to All-Star ballots, continues to lead the voting at his position, standing out as the lone eccentric choice for the American League squad.

Martinez (615,712 votes) held onto the lead despite a dry spell that has lowered his average to .230. However, the popular left-handed hitter's grip could be slipping. The people's choice will have to hold off Mark Teixeira fans' choice.

The Texas run-producer (482,636 votes) has rallied into second place over Kevin Millar of the Red Sox (435,817). Teixeira, with 16 homers among his 33 extra-base hits, is tied for fifth in the league with 48 RBIs, while batting .290.

The other frontrunners for the 76th Midsummer Classic, to be held on July 12 at Detroit's Comerica Park, also retained their leads.

The only other shift on the leader board was Baltimore DH Rafael Palmeiro (350,698 votes) leapfrogging the Yankees' Jason Giambi (307,639) for second place behind the runaway leader, Boston's David Ortiz (1,376,625).

Other Red Sox continuing to lead at their positions are catcher Jason Varitek (909,843 votes), batting .323, and outfielder Manny Ramirez (1,028,207), with 12 homers and 46 RBIs.

Alex Rodriguez is the Yankees' other position leader and also remains in contention for the overall vote lead. The Majors' leader with 19 homers and 56 RBIs has 1,209,382 votes. That total gives Rodriguez an edge of 794,813 over third base runner-up Bill Mueller of the Red Sox (414,569 votes), but leaves him only 167,243 behind Ortiz.

The Baltimore double-play tandem of shortstop Miguel Tejada (1,058,761 votes) and second baseman Brian Roberts (921,377) retained their leads over New York's Derek Jeter (754,536) and Texas' Alfonso Soriano (816,658), respectively. The combined totals of 28 homers and 85 RBIs by Tejada and Roberts tower over those runners-up's combined 21 homers and 62 RBIs.

Although running considerably behind Ramirez, Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners (992,250 votes) and the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero (933,693) held onto their leads for the other starting positions in the outfield.

The second tier of outfielders also remained unchanged, with Boston's Johnny Damon (875,988 votes) holding slim leads over a pair of Yankees, Gary Sheffield (709,108) and Hideki Matsui (533,630). Boston's third outfielder, Trot Nixon, dropped to eighth place (398,944) behind Minnesota's Torii Hunter (418,768).

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Results as of June 13:

1st Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Martinez, T.Yankees615,712
2. Teixeira, M.Rangers482,636
3. Millar, K.Red Sox435,817
4. Konerko, P.White Sox406,609
5. Sexson, R.Mariners262,366

2nd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Roberts, B.Orioles921,377
2. Soriano, A.Rangers816,658
3. Bellhorn, M.Red Sox361,335
4. Womack, T.Yankees272,568
5. Iguchi, T.White Sox172,852

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Tejada, M.Orioles1,058,761
2. Jeter, D.Yankees754,536
3. Renteria, E.Red Sox516,935
4. Guillen, C.Tigers177,688
5. Young, M.Rangers160,567

3rd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Rodriguez, A.Yankees1,209,382
2. Mueller, B.Red Sox414,569
3. Mora, M.Orioles325,880
4. Beltre, A.Mariners246,247
5. Blalock, H.Rangers240,150

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Varitek, J.Red Sox909,843
2. Rodriguez, I.Tigers642,860
3. Posada, J.Yankees442,136
4. Lopez, J.Orioles311,876
5. Mauer, J.Twins188,785

Designated Hitter
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Ortiz, D.Red Sox1,376,625
2. Palmeiro, R.Orioles350,698
3. Giambi, J.Yankees307,639
4. Young, D.Tigers229,959
5. Thomas, F.White Sox180,148

Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Ramirez, M.Red Sox1,028,207
2. Suzuki, I.Mariners992,250
3. Guerrero, V.Angels933,693
4. Damon, J.Red Sox875,988
5. Sheffield, G.Yankees709,108
6. Matsui, H.Yankees533,630
7. Hunter, T.Twins418,768
8. Nixon, T.Red Sox398,944
9. Sosa, S.Orioles393,245
10. Podsednik, S.White Sox292,999
11. Williams, B.Yankees292,165
12. Anderson, G.Angels239,939
13. Finley, S.Angels186,288
14. Jones, J.Twins141,332
15. Dye, J.White Sox140,568

Tom Singer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.