Trout leading AL vote-getter; closest battle is at 2B
Jeter leads at SS in final campaign; Bautista, Ellsbury round out starting outfield
Mike Trout is burning up the basepaths and the ballot boxes.
The first ballot update for the American League's starting lineup for the All-Star Game was released on Tuesday, and Trout, with 764,007 votes, has nearly 90,000 more votes than his nearest competitor. Only two other players -- Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter -- have more than 600,000 votes.
Trout, a Rookie of the Year in 2012 and two-time runner-up for the AL's Most Valuable Player Award before his 23rd birthday, would be playing in his third consecutive All-Star Game. And Jeter, retiring at the close of the 2014 campaign, would be headed to the Midsummer Classic for the 14th time.
Two Tigers -- first baseman Miguel Cabrera and second baseman Ian Kinsler -- lead the balloting at their respective positions, and the Yankees are the only other AL team with two players currently in position to start the July 15 game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Jacoby Ellsbury is third in balloting among outfielders, narrowly ahead of teammate Carlos Beltran in fourth.
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Cabrera, the league's two-time reigning MVP, was an All-Star at third base last season, but he's leading the pack at first base this year. Cabrera is gunning for his fifth straight and ninth total All-Star Game nod, and he was batting .321 with seven home runs and a league-high 18 doubles entering play on Tuesday.
Oakland's Josh Donaldson leads all players at third base, and injured Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters is tops on the list of AL catchers. New York's Brian McCann is second in votes among backstops, which might be good enough to make him the starter if Wieters doesn't return in time for the All-Star Game.
Boston's David Ortiz, an All-Star staple, is in the lead for designated hitter. Ortiz has been named to the All-Star Game in all but one of the past 10 games. Ortiz missed the cut in 2009, but he's been one of the AL's most consistent and dominant players over the past decade.
Kinsler, leading at second base, is in the closest race in the AL. Robinson Cano, starring in his first season with the Mariners, is fewer than 6,000 votes away from catching Kinsler, and Boston's Dustin Pedroia is only about 7,000 behind Cano.
Bautista, an All-Star in four straight seasons, is the only player within 100,000 votes of Trout's league-leading total. Bautista had 12 home runs in his first 52 games this season.
Donaldson, the only projected starter for Oakland, the team with the best record in the league, would be making his first All-Star appearance.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTE LEADERS
1. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 540,258
2. Brian McCann, Yankees: 373,169
3. Derek Norris, A's: 215,110
4. A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox: 188,288
5. Kurt Suzuki, Twins: 187,766
1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 440,407
2. Albert Pujols, Angels: 371,193
3. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 367,617
4. Chris Davis, Orioles: 238,730
5. Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 201,123
1. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 356,244
2. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 350,293
3. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 343,321
4. Brian Dozier, Twins: 194,941
5. Howie Kendrick, Angels: 165,003
1. Josh Donaldson, A's: 464,367
2. Evan Longoria, Rays: 407,724
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 281,460
4. Manny Machado, Orioles: 263,029
5. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 157,768
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees: 602,525
2. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: 472,537
3. J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 265,923
4. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 166,907
5. Jed Lowrie, A's: 142,622
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 501,808
2. Nelson Cruz, Orioles: 484,186
3. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 340,827
4. Alfonso Soriano, Yankees: 221,378
5. Brandon Moss, A's: 144,319
1. Mike Trout, Angels: 764,007
2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 675,290
3. Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees: 417,452
4. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 401,101
5. Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays: 364,506
6. Torii Hunter, Tigers: 322,736
7. Adam Jones, Orioles: 285,913
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers: 271,521
9. Yoenis Cespedes, A's: 249,674
10. Nick Markakis, Orioles: 248,886
11. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 197,577
12. Josh Hamilton, Angels: 188,918
13. Rajai Davis, Tigers: 186,913
14. Austin Jackson, Tigers: 175,165
15. Alex Rios, Rangers: 167,261