Salty's game not generating All-Star votes

Salty's game not generating All-Star votes

Salty's game not generating All-Star votes
MIAMI -- Though catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has taken his game to another level in recent weeks, it hasn't translated into All-Star votes just yet.

When the second round of voting was announced on Monday, Saltalamacchia wasn't among the top five catchers.

But teammate David Ortiz looks primed to make another All-Star appearance.

Ortiz is leading the way at designated hitter with 1,758,369 votes, holding a slight lead over the Rangers' Michael Young (1,396,802).

Big Papi has been an All-Star seven times in the last eight years.

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia ranks third at his position with 1,037,522 votes, trailing Ian Kinsler (1,920,364) of the Rangers and the Yankees' Robinson Cano (1,732,359).

No other Boston players are in the top five. Jacoby Ellsbury, who hasn't played since April 13 because of a subluxation of his right shoulder, is 14th among outfielders.

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 National League 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 in Kansas City 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.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.