Six Yankees seek All-Star ballot momentum

Six Yankees seek All-Star ballot momentum

SEATTLE -- Jacoby Ellsbury's name has appeared on more counted copies of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot than any other Yankee, but the second checkpoint of voting for the Midsummer Classic sees every pinstriped candidate in need of a push to get to Cincinnati.

Ellsbury, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain, has garnered 888,192 votes, placing him eighth among American League outfielders. He is expected to return to the Bombers' lineup later this month.

Besides Ellsbury, other Yankees listed in the second voting update were first baseman Mark Teixeira (fourth with 525,935 votes), catcher Brian McCann (fourth with 529,364 votes), designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (third with 563,288 votes), outfielder Carlos Beltran (12th with 471,929 votes) and outfielder Brett Gardner (13th with 458,849 votes).

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.