Ellsbury, Yanks need boost in All-Star vote
NEW YORK -- Several members of the Yankees have maintained their standing as voting of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot continues to be tabulated, but as in the previous three installments, the fourth checkpoint of voting for the Midsummer Classic sees every pinstriped candidate needing help to make it to Cincinnati.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been on the 15-day disabled list for nearly a month with a right knee sprain, has garnered 1,788,449 votes, the most of any Yankee and eighth among American League outfielders. Ellsbury is with the team in Miami taking batting practice and said that he is pushing to return to the big league lineup by the end of June.
Besides Ellsbury, other Yankees listed in the fourth voting update were first baseman Mark Teixeira (fourth with 1,032,924 votes), catcher Brian McCann (fourth with 1,154,530 votes), designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (fifth with 1,176,506 votes) and outfielder Carlos Beltran (15th with 1,012,302 votes).
Brett Gardner, who was listed among the leading AL outfielders during the first three updates, has fallen out of the top 15.
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