Cano leads second-base peers in AL vote
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano has been a constant force in the Yankees' lineup all season long, and the sweet-swinging second baseman has deservedly drawn the attention of voters casting their ballots for the American League All-Star team.
According to the first online and in-stadium balloting figures for the 84th All-Star Game released by Major League Baseball on Monday, Cano ranked second in the AL only to the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. The 84th annual All-Star Game will be played on July 16 at Citi Field.
Seeking his fourth consecutive All-Star starting assignment, Cano has tallied 1,235,230 votes and has already built a healthy lead at second base on two-time All-Star Ian Kinsler (656,827) of the Rangers, and he's the only Yankees player currently ranking within the top four at his respective position on the AL ballot.
Cabrera, who has never been an elected starter in the Midsummer Classic, is ahead of Cano in the overall totals with 1,500,165 votes. The first National League results will be announced on Tuesday
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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 2013 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.
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Also on the ballot for the Yankees, Derek Jeter has not played this season and could see his run of seven consecutive fan-elected starts end. Elvis Andrus (727,555) of the Rangers and J.J. Hardy of the Orioles (717,103) are battling in a tight race to start at shortstop, and Jeter is fifth in the AL with 380,445 votes.
Kevin Youkilis has tallied 235,388 votes at third base, placing fifth behind Cabrera at that position. Ichiro Suzuki ranks 15th among AL outfielders with 337,654 votes, behind leader Mike Trout (1,190,676) of the Angels and third-place outfielder Torii Hunter (761,937) of the Tigers.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, designated hitter Travis Hafner and catcher Chris Stewart were not ranked in the top five at their respective positions, while Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson did not crack the top 15 among AL outfielders.