Jeter, Grandy, Cano poll well in All-Star update

Jeter, Grandy, Cano poll well in All-Star update

Jeter, Grandy, Cano poll well in All-Star update
NEW YORK -- The Yankees' Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson are in position for All-Star Game nods at the first balloting checkpoint, according to figures released on Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

Jeter has garnered 1,698,777 total votes, ranking second overall in the American League behind Josh Hamilton of the Rangers (2,587,991). Granderson's 1,406,128 votes are second among AL outfielders behind Hamilton's total.

Jeter is looking for his 13th All-Star selection at the July 10 Midsummer Classic, to take place at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, while Granderson is hoping for his third All-Star appearance and second consecutive fan-elected start.

Additionally, it was announced on Tuesday that the Yankees' Robinson Cano and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp have been named captains of the AL and National League squads, respectively, for the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby.

Cano is the defending champion, having won the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby in Phoenix, while Kemp is the defending NL home run leader. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 9.

The first balloting update was revealed during a special All-Star Lead-Off event at the MLB Fan Cave in New York, at which both Granderson and Cano were guests. Weekly updates will be announced each Monday (AL) and Tuesday (NL) throughout June.

The Yankees have been well represented on the tallied ballots thus far. Mark Teixeira (697,602) ranks second among AL first basemen to the Tigers' Prince Fielder (1,027,070), while Cano (1,167,448) is second among AL second basemen to the Rangers' Ian Kinsler (1,447,171).

Designated hitter Raul Ibanez (492,183) is third among AL DHs, with the Red Sox's David Ortiz (1,204,904) pacing the way. Alex Rodriguez (657,315) is fourth among AL third basemen, with the Rangers' Adrian Beltre (1,179,864) leading.

Russell Martin (431,435) ranks fourth among AL catchers, with Texas' Mike Napoli (1,224,565) in the lead.

The AL outfield leaders are comprised of Hamilton, Granderson and the Rangers' Nelson Cruz (992,992). Nick Swisher (465,984) and Brett Gardner (437,126) are seventh and eighth, respectively, in the AL.

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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 AL and NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

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