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A-Rod, Jeter pull away from AL pack

A-Rod, Jeter pull away from AL pack

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's two-homer game on Sunday served as a reminder of just how lethal the third baseman's power bat can be, not that many voters for this year's All-Star Game needed the Post-it note.

Rodriguez and teammate Derek Jeter continue to lead fan balloting for the Midsummer Classic, to be played on July 10 in San Francisco, as the Yankees figure to be represented by some of the game's most recognizable faces.

Rodriguez and Jeter, both in the middle of terrific offensive seasons, lead the way among the left side of the American League infield, far ahead ahead of Boston third baseman Mike Lowell and Detroit shortstop Carlos Guillen, respectively.

Rodriguez and Jeter each have more votes than not only any other player in the AL, but in either league.

Meanwhile, second baseman Robinson Cano has slipped after a red-hot start in the voting, as Detroit's Placido Polanco has made a late charge to nudge Cano from the top spot at his position. Now beginning to produce more offensively, Cano may be timing his stroke just right to make up late ground.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times through the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team through the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Selecting the 2007 rosters isn't the end of the fun, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game through the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

Several other Yankees could use a few more clicks or in-person ballots, with the deadline for Yankee Stadium balloting fast approaching on Sunday.

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Catcher Jorge Posada has arguably been the club's most indispensable player, providing league-leading offense at the plate and a steady demeanor behind it. Yet he remains second in a group of four star backstops crowding for attention in the AL, fighting Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez (currently in first), Boston's Jason Varitek and Minnesota's Joe Mauer.

The American League outfield, if balloting ended now, would not feature a starting New York player, with Los Angeles' Vladimir Guerrero, Boston's Manny Ramirez and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki at the front of the pack.

Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu are the closest Yankees outfielders.

Injured first baseman Jason Giambi has fallen behind Minnesota's Justin Morneau and into third at his position, behind leader David Ortiz of the Red Sox. Giambi is on the disabled list with a left heel injury and would not be expected to play in the All-Star Game if voted in.

Bryan Hoch 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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