Rafael Palmeiro is chasing the 3,000-hit plateau and enjoying a resurgence the past month after a slow start. Perhaps the fans are beginning to appreciate his accomplishments, because Palmeiro is moving up in the All-Star voting.
Palmeiro, who has been the Orioles' everyday first baseman, has moved up to second in the designated hitter voting behind Boston's David Ortiz. Palmeiro has 350,698 votes, leading the Yankees' Jason Giambi, Detroit's Dmitri Young and Chicago's Frank Thomas.
Palmeiro was originally slated as the everyday designated hitter, but he emerged as the team's best defensive first baseman. He is a four-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner at first base.
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, with 921,377 votes, still leads Texas' Alfonso Soriano, who has 816,658. Boston's Mark Bellhorn, Seattle's Bret Boone and Chicago's Tadahito Iguchi are also in the running.
Miguel Tejada continues to lead all American League shortstops with 1,058,761 votes. Tejada is a legitimate Triple Crown candidate this season, as he is fourth in batting average and second in home runs and RBIs.
Tejada, who has been to two All-Star Games but never has started, leads the Yankees' Derek Jeter, Boston's Edgar Renteria, Detroit's Carlos Guillen and Texas' Michael Young in voting.
Melvin Mora's average has climbed above the .300 mark, and he is slowly gaining ground among AL third baseman. He is third with 325,880 votes. The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez leads third basemen, followed by Boston's Bill Mueller and Mora.
Mora played in the 2003 All-Star Game in Chicago and scored a run for the AL. He also won the Silver Slugger Award in 2004, when his .340 average shattered an Orioles' record for batting average in a season.
Right fielder Sammy Sosa remains ninth in voting for outfielders. He has not played in the AL since 1991, but he has played in seven All-Star Games with the National League.
Javy Lopez remains fourth in voting among catchers, but he is not expected to be healthy enough to play in the game because of a broken right hand.
Lopez trails Boston's Jason Varitek, Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez and the Yankees' Jorge Posada.
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