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A-Rod atop All-Star voting at third base

A-Rod leads at third; voting ends tonight

The Yankees may wind up having several representatives in Detroit for this year's All-Star Game, but as of this week, Alex Rodriguez is the only Bomber leading the voting at his position.

A-Rod continues to lead at third base, holding off Boston's Bill Mueller by nearly 1.3 million votes and Baltimore's Melvin Mora by more than 1.4 million. A-Rod ranks among the league leaders in batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs scored and total bases.

Tino Martinez had been leading at first base since voting began, but he was overtaken this week by Texas' Mark Teixeira, who leads the Yankees' first baseman by almost 145,000 votes.

Martinez's fall in the voting coincides with his slump at the plate. He has gone from one of the hottest players in May to one of the coldest in June. He ranks second among AL first basemen, with Boston's Kevin Millar, Chicago's Paul Konerko and Seattle's Richie Sexson rounding out the top five.

Every other Yankees player on the All-Star ballot stood pat in the standings this week, including Derek Jeter, who continues to rank No. 2 at shortstop behind Baltimore's Miguel Tejada. Jeter trails Tejada by over 640,000 votes, but he remains ahead of Boston's Edgar Renteria and Detroit's Carlos Guillen.

Gary Sheffield is still in fifth place in the AL outfield vote, while Hideki Matsui ranks sixth. The top three outfielders will start for the AL, with Boston's Manny Ramirez, the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki occupying those slots.

Catcher Jorge Posada and designated hitter Jason Giambi are each in third place at their respective positions, trailing leaders Jason Varitek and David Ortiz. Tony Womack is in fourth place among AL second basemen.

The 2005 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. This special program will feature the announcement of the 17 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 45 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the player ballot and the two All-Star Team managers -- Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals -- and Major League Baseball.

Immediately following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each league's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over a three-day period.

There will be two ways for fans to vote for the 2005 All-Star Final Vote - online at MLB.com or on the go from cell phones. Fans can simply text the word "VOTE" to 69652 (MYMLB) and be instantly registered to receive Final Vote ballots. Then, for just 99 cents a vote, they'll have the freedom to vote from wherever they are. Fans can pre-register for the mobile ballot now.

The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will conclude on Wednesday, July 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The two winners will be announced on ESPN and MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 76th All-Star Game via the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Game MVP Vote on MLB.com. The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

Mark Feinsand 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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