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Anderson needs lift in All-Star voting

Anderson needs late lift in All-Star voting

ANAHEIM -- With about two and a half weeks remaining in voting for the All-Star Game, the Angels are trailing at most positions.

If the club is going to see its haloed "A" on the field for the first pitch on July 12 in Detroit some heavy balloting must take place at Angel Stadium during the club's longest homestand of the year. Electioneering will be allowed if not encouraged within 100 feet of a polling place.

Vladimir Guerrero (933,693 votes) is holding firm in the third position in the outfield for the American League. Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez (1,028,207) and Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki (992,250) would be the other two starters if the voting ended today.

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Guerrero, who recently was activated from the disabled list after recovering from a partially dislocated left shoulder, is hitting .311 with 10 doubles, seven homers and 24 RBIs.

Despite leading AL outfielders with 48 RBIs and good for fifth overall in the league, Garret Anderson (239,939) is 12th in voting for the All-Star Game. Anderson is also second behind Johnny Damon (875,988) among AL outfielders with at least 200 at-bats with a .322 batting average.

Steve Finley, who patrols center between teammates Anderson and Guerrero, is currently 13th (186,288) in voting for AL outfielders. The two-time All-Star is hitting .233 with 13 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBIs.

Boston backstop Jason Varitek is leading AL catchers in All-Star voting, but Bengie Molina is second at the position with at least 100 at-bats with a .305 batting average. Ivan Rodriguez of the Tigers, Jorge Posada of the Yankees, Javy Lopez of the Orioles and Joe Mauer of the Twins round out the top five for AL catchers.

Yankee Tino Martinez is first in voting for AL first baseman, but Darin Erstad is third in batting at .281 among league first basemen with at least 200 at-bats and fourth at the position with 13 doubles. Erstad also joins Texas' Mark Teixeira as the only regular AL first baseman without an error. Teixeira is second in voting at first behind Martinez with Kevin Millar of the Red Sox, Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Richie Sexson of the Mariners in the top five.

Fans are not extended the option of voting for pitchers, but staff ace Bartolo Colon appears in a good position to be named to his second All-Star Game. Colon is tied for third in wins in the AL with an 8-3 mark and is fourth among starters with at least 85 innings pitched with a 3.03 ERA. The right-hander's 87 1/3 innings are sixth among AL starters.

Other Angels on the ballot are designated hitter Jeff DaVanon, second baseman Adam Kennedy and shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Chone Figgins is listed as the third baseman.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.

In-stadium balloting at Angel Stadium ends Sunday, June 26.

Mike Scarr 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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