ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who leads the league in runs, has fallen behind Robinson Cano of the Yankees in the fan balloting for the American League All-Stars.
Cano has received 3,559,290 votes in the latest fan voting update to see who will be the AL starting second baseman in the All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City. Kinsler, a two-time All-Star, who could be selected as a reserve in the players' vote, has received 3,462,367 votes. The voting ends on Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT and the final results will be announced on Sunday.
The Rangers still have three players who are almost assured of being voted to the starting lineup. Outfielder Josh Hamilton is running away with the most votes of any AL player. He has received 7,310,824 votes, which is almost three million votes more than any other player at any other position. This will be the fifth straight year that Hamilton will start for the AL in the All-Star Game.
Catcher Mike Napoli has all but locked up his first starting assignment. Napoli has received 3,008,228 votes at catcher while Joe Mauer of the Twins is a distant second with 1,772,228 votes. Adrian Beltre has received 3,073,541 votes at third base with Miguel Cabrera running second with 2,692,047 votes.
Nelson Cruz is fourth among outfielders. Curtis Granderson of the Yankees is second behind Hamilton with 3,812,399 votes and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays is third with 2,773,442 votes. He is just ahead of Cruz, who has received 2,681,019 votes, and Adam Jones of the Orioles with 2,633,259 votes.
Elvis Andrus is still a distant second behind Derek Jeter among shortstops, and Michael Young still trails David Ortiz at designated hitter.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled Sunday on the 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
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 2012 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.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.