Papi on top at DH, but Sox need fans' votes

Papi on top at DH, but Sox need fans' votes

Papi on top at DH, but Sox need fans' votes
While David Ortiz slightly widened his lead at designated hitter on Monday in the third All-Star balloting update, he also remained the only Red Sox player currently in contention for a starting nod on the American League squad.

Ortiz surpassed the 2 million-vote mark (2,390,132) in the latest update and extended his lead over the Rangers' Michael Young (1,892,150) to nearly a half-million votes. The Red Sox slugger is aiming for his eighth All-Star selection in the last nine seasons.

The newest release didn't bring as much good news for teammate Dustin Pedroia, however, as he faded into third place behind the Rangers' Ian Kinsler and the Yankees' Robinson Cano, respectively.

While Kinsler (2,580,306) and Cano (2,565,046) battle it out in the most closely contested race at any position in either league, Pedroia sits more than one million tallies behind either player with his 1,331,657 votes.

No other Boston players are in the top five at any position, though Jacoby Ellsbury -- who hasn't played since April 13 because of a subluxation of his right shoulder -- is currently 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.

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