Little movement in AL All-Star voting

  • Updated: June 16, 2014 - 8:48 PM

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was the only newcomer among the top two at each position. Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista holds the overall lead.

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Toronto slugger Jose Bautista remains the AL’s top vote-getter.

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With one exception, the top two vote-getters at each American League position held their ground in the latest round of fan balloting for the July 15 All-Star Game at Target Field, announced Monday.

The exception was at third base, where the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre took over the No. 2 spot from the Rays’ Evan Longoria, behind leader Josh Donaldson of the Athletics. But Donaldson, who just ended an 0-for-33 slump Sunday, has more than double the votes of Beltre — 1,953,423 to Beltre’s 953,318.

The tightest competition is for the third starting job in the outfield, currently held by the Blue Jays’ Melky Cabrera at 1,454,528 votes. The A’s Yoenis Cespedes, the Orioles’ Adam Jones and the Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury also have more than a million votes. The top two spots are again held by the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista (2,906,878) and the Angels’ Mike Trout (2,544,658).

At first base, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera is the only other AL player to have at least 2 million votes, with 2,030,773.

Baltimore’s Matt Wieters still leads at catcher with 1,488,884 votes, more than 400,000 votes more than the Yankees’ Brian McCann, but it was announced Monday that Wieters will have Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Balloting for All-Star Game starters ends July 3.

AL ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS

FIRST BASE

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 2,030,773

Jose Abreu, White Sox, 1,117,743

Albert Pujols, Angels, 869,164

Chris Davis, Orioles, 777,807

Mark Teixeira, Yankees, 569,288

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, Mariners, 1,513,052

Ian Kinsler, Tigers, 1,117,345

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 1,008,809

Brian Dozier, Twins, 642,122

Jose Altuve, Astros, 556,343

SHORTSTOP

Derek Jeter, Yankees, 1,810,451

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox, 1,568,620

J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 912,006

Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 745,928

Jed Lowrie, Athletics, 523,677

THIRD BASE

Josh Donaldson, Athletics, 1,953,423

Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 953,318

Evan Longoria, Rays, 904,638

Manny Machado, Orioles, 856,976

Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays, 657,365

CATCHER

Matt Wieters, Orioles, 1,488,884

Brian McCann, Yankees, 1,075,210

Derek Norris, Athletics, 1,072,827

A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox, 641,098

Kurt Suzuki, Twins, 623,984

DESIGNATED HITTER

Nelson Cruz, Orioles, 1,792,432

David Ortiz, Red Sox, 1,316,921

Victor Martinez, Tigers, 1,101,028

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 1,049,898

Brandon Moss, Athletics, 646,456

OUTFIELD

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,906,878

Mike Trout, Angels, 2,544,658

Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays, 1,454,528

Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics, 1,111,613

Adam Jones, Orioles, 1,053,228

Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees, 1,027,390

Michael Brantley, Indians, 954,555

Carlos Beltran, Yankees, 875,585

Torii Hunter, Tigers, 834,218

Nick Markakis, Orioles, 833,558

Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers, 596,137

Alex Rios, Rangers, 595,026

Coco Crisp, Athletics, 594,638

Brett Gardner, Yankees, 579,363

Josh Hamilton, Angels, 538,928

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