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Bautista leads, but Yanks rack up All-Star votes

Bautista leads, but Yanks rack up All-Star votes

Bautista leads, but Yanks rack up All-Star votes
Jose Bautista -- who leads everyone in home runs -- also leads everyone in votes, altruistic Rangers veteran Michael Young is in contention to earn a start at a third different position and former National League first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is in a dogfight in his new neighborhood.

Those trends highlight the first weekly update on voting for the 2011 American League All-Star starting players -- also known at this early juncture as Team Bombers.

Members of the New York Yankees hold leads at six of the nine positions -- all except designated hitter, where Young has a slight lead over mainstay David Ortiz -- and in two-thirds of the outfield, where Bautista and Texas' Josh Hamilton surround the Yankees' Curtis Granderson.

With his 1,261,659 votes, Bautista leads all candidates in both leagues. The Toronto outfielder was chosen as an All-Star reserve in the middle of his 54-homer 2010 season, but -- off to a comparable start with 20 homers through May 31 -- he clearly has the voting public's attention this year.

Young has a narrow lead of about 28,000 votes over Ortiz, his fan support not only a reflection of another fine season but possibly also figurative applause for his controversial move to DH. Having already been on six All-Star teams as a shortstop and a third baseman, Young would become a rarity to make it at a third position.

And there is Hamilton, who, despite having recently returned from missing 36 games with a fracture to his left arm, is third in outfield voting, leading All-Star perennial Ichiro Suzuki by fewer than 74,000 votes.

Otherwise, it's New York, New York, as six Yankees with 37 All-Star berths to their credit try to add more spoils:

• At first base, Mark Teixeira (827,247 votes) has a 142,000-vote lead over Gonzalez, who as a San Diego Padre was the NL's starter in each of the last three Midsummer Classics. Furthermore, Boston's new first sacker is crowded by Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, the 2010 starter who is only 7,000 votes behind.

• Second base incumbent Robinson Cano, the only other player to have already exceeded 1 million votes, has doubled up Boston's Dustin Pedroia.

• Shortstop Derek Jeter, gunning for his 12th All-Star spot (and his 3,000th career hit, which should come sooner), has drawn 931,410 votes for a comfortable early lead over Asdrubal Cabrera (672,105), the other half of Cleveland's all-Cabrera double-play combo and the surprising Indians' highest-polling player.

• Thirteen-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez is 190,000 votes up on the Rangers' Adrian Beltre and is seeking his first All-Star start since 2008. The guy who had supplanted A-Rod in the AL's starting lineup, the Rays' Evan Longoria, may have taken a ballot-box hit due to his month-long absence with an oblique injury but is in the picture.

• At catcher, Russell Martin has regained his cred along with his game. A two-time All-Star with the Dodgers, including the NL's starter in 2007, Martin (843,459) has a lead of a quarter-million votes over three-time starter Joe Mauer, who hasn't played since mid-April due to weakness in his legs.

• Granderson, a 2009 reserve, is having a breakout season certainly deserving of being in contention for his first All-Star start. He is fewer than 6,000 votes shy of a million but is being chased by Hamilton and Suzuki and a strong field behind them.

Fans can continue to cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 12, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

2011 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 1)

CATCHER
Russell Martin, Yankees: 843,459
Joe Mauer, Twins: 593,949
Alex Avila, Tigers: 407,463
Carlos Santana, Indians: 395,892
Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 337,737

FIRST BASE
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 827,247
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 685,262
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 657,594
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 278,055
Adam Lind, Blue Jays: 256,782

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,185,952
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 586,361
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 502,012
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 384,004
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 352,904

THIRD BASE
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 945,127
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 755,551
Evan Longoria, Rays: 588,463
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 491,422
Maicer Izturis, Angels: 199,423

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 931,410
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 672,105
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 560,309
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 320,874
Erick Aybar, Angels: 215,991

DESIGNATED HITTER
Michael Young, Rangers: 646,979
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 618,609
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 414,733
Travis Hafner, Indians: 407,334
Johnny Damon, Rays: 353,340

OUTFIELD
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,261,659
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 994,315
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 748,240
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 674,406
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 514,006
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 494,721
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 465,984
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 457,185
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 440,626
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 407,517
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 370,989
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 366,575
Sam Fuld, Rays: 310,520
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 307,684
B.J. Upton, Rays: 277,173

Tom Singer is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow @Tom_Singer on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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