The early numbers are in with this year's first American League All-Star Game ballot update, and last year's brightest stars are on track to join this season's hottest starters in New York for the Midsummer Classic.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who last season was baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, has set the pace in the AL with 1,500,165 votes. The reigning AL MVP Award winner could be joined at Citi Field by Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has received the third-most votes overall. Trout, who became the first rookie to hit at least 30 home runs and steal 40 bases, won the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Award and finished behind only Cabrera in the AL MVP Award voting.
New York's Robinson Cano, set to make his fifth All-Star Game appearance but his first in the Big Apple, has the second-most votes overall and by far the most among AL second basemen, leading Texas' Ian Kinsler and Boston's Dustin Pedroia.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
At first base, the Orioles' Chris Davis -- who along with Cabrera is in the top two spots in each of the three Triple Crown categories -- leads the pack, narrowly ahead of Detroit's Prince Fielder. Davis would be the first Baltimore first baseman to start the Classic since Eddie Murray in 1985.
Davis could be joined by teammate Adam Jones, who is second among AL outfielders, joining Trout and Detroit's Torii Hunter in the top three. After signing with the Tigers following five seasons with the Angels, Hunter has hit .316 with 23 RBIs through his first 48 games.
Texas' Nelson Cruz, Toronto's Jose Bautista and Baltimore's Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth round out the top seven outfield vote-getters.
Twins backstop Joe Mauer, already a five-time All-Star and three-time fan-elected starter, paces the catchers with 863,450 votes, followed by Baltimore's Matt Wieters. The Rangers' Elvis Andrus, with 727,555 votes, narrowly leads the O's J.J. Hardy (717,103) at shortstop.
Boston's David Ortiz, voted the designated hitter starter in each of the past two All-Star Games, again leads the pack. He is trailed by Texas' Lance Berkman.
Fans this year can also once again participate in the 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 Home Run Derby. The 2013 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 15.
The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7, on the 2013 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 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by freecreditscore.com 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 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 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING
(as of June 3)
1. Joe Mauer, Twins: 863,450
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 715,055
3. Carlos Santana, Indians: 547,873
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers: 510,434
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 331,344
1. Chris Davis, Orioles: 1,176,016
2. Prince Fielder, Tigers: 1,059,300
3. Mike Napoli, Red Sox: 380,448
4. Albert Pujols, Angels: 374,538
5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 371,806
1. Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,235,230
2. Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 656,827
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 642,419
4. Omar Infante, Tigers: 417,333
5. Brian Roberts, Orioles: 291,756
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,500,165
2. Manny Machado, Orioles: 723,943
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 600,271
4. Evan Longoria, Rays: 454,047
5. Kevin Youkilis, Yankees: 235,388
1. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 727,555
2. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 717,103
3. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 540,581
4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 523,743
5. Derek Jeter, Yankees: 380,445
1. Mike Trout, Angels: 1,190,676
2. Adam Jones, Orioles: 1,181,875
3. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 761,937
4. Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 712,320
5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 653,475
6. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 595,698
7. Nate McLouth, Orioles: 559,751
8. Alex Gordon, Royals: 522,483
9. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 473,877
10. Josh Hamilton, Angels: 404,597
11. Austin Jackson, Tigers: 400,019
12. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 395,475
13. Coco Crisp, Athletics: 392,202
14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox: 341,733
15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees: 337,654
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,045,283
2. Lance Berkman, Rangers: 672,547
3. Mark Reynolds, Indians: 452,708
4. Mark Trumbo, Angels: 376,574
5. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 340,967