AL East players dominating All-Star voting

AL East players dominating All-Star voting

AL East players dominating All-Star voting
The American League East and the Yankees were already dominating the 2011 All-Star Game voting before this week. Now, another AL East representative has moved into the lead at his respective position, with a starting job on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix on the line.

Named the AL Player of the Week on Monday, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has overtaken Texas' Michael Young by about 127,000 votes, according to the tallies released on Tuesday. Ortiz, who entered Tuesday hitting .325 with 13 home runs, has 1,160,590 votes, while Young has 1,033,514.

Young's lead last week was not hefty, about 28,000. He entered Tuesday hitting .312 with three home runs and 37 RBIs.

With Ortiz in the fold, the AL East has a leader at all but one of the nine positions on which fans can vote. The Yankees lead the pack with six: catcher Russell Martin, first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Ortiz could be joined in the starting lineup by teammate Adrian Gonzalez, who has made first base into the tightest race in the AL. Adjusting wonderfully to his new ballpark, Gonzalez (1,268,706) trails Teixeira (1,333,445) by fewer than 65,000 votes. That deficit is smaller than half of the one Gonzalez faced a week ago.

With 1,725,654 votes, Granderson is second in the outfield race to the man pacing all of the voting: the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista. Bautista is first player in either league to crack two million votes, notching 2,142,867 of them as he marches on in an MVP-type season.

The third starting spot in the outfield is the only one that features a player from outside the AL East, and that player happens to be the league's defending Most Valuable Player. Josh Hamilton of the Rangers has 1,229,040 votes, about 259,000 ahead of Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.

If Suzuki does not make the All-Star team, it would be the first season of 11 in the Majors that he did not. He entered Tuesday hitting .264 with 14 steals.

Hamilton could be joined on the team by fellow Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre, but Rodriguez has widened his lead on him to about 291,000. Rodriguez led by about 190,000 last week.

Other players from outside the East are knocking on the door. Despite injuries, the Twins' Joe Mauer is in second behind Martin in the catchers' race, while the Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera is about 192,000 votes behind Jeter at shortstop.

Fans can 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.

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 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 7)

CATCHER
Russell Martin, Yankees: 1,317,557
Joe Mauer, Twins: 829,073
Alex Avila, Tigers: 722,385
Carlos Santana, Indians: 588,407
Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 515,274

FIRST BASE
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,333,445
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 1,268,706
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 962,242
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 453,354
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 370,897

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,930,762
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 963,996
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 782,285
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 577,746
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 518,942

THIRD BASE
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 1,515,188
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,224,381
Evan Longoria, Rays: 939,549
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 852,260
Maicer Izturis, Angels: 283,131

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 1,454,795
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 1,162,728
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 831,061
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 482,614
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 344,198

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,160,590
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,033,514
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 626,495
Travis Hafner, Indians: 575,407
Johnny Damon, Rays: 544,421

OUTFIELD
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,142,867
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 1,725,654
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1,229,040
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 970,622
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 871,897
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 768,115
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 747,644
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 712,924
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 616,328
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 597,890
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 573,420
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 524,758
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 501,187
Matt Joyce, Rays: 497,847
Sam Fuld, Rays: 433,784

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.