DETROIT -- While Miguel Cabrera builds on his lead to become the starting first baseman for the American League All-Stars, Ian Kinsler has a battle on his hands at second base. Victor Martinez, meanwhile, is going to need a surge of support to have any hope of translating his early-season tear into an All-Star start at designated hitter.
It's an interesting mix as All-Star balloting heads into the heart of the Tigers' home schedule, with Detroit home for 13 of its next 17 games entering play on Monday. While online balloting continues at MLB.com through July 3, in-person balloting at Comerica Park runs through June 18, right up to the end of that stretch of games.
Though Robinson Cano missed Seattle's weekend series against the Tigers with a left hand injury, he gained enough support to move into the lead at second base, the position he has owned in AL All-Star balloting for the past four years. Kinsler, who held a slim lead in the first voting update, released last week, fell into second place, about 76,000 votes behind. Boston's Dustin Pedroia fell further back into third place in balloting, roughly 109,000 votes behind Kinsler.
Cano's streak of All-Star starts came with the Yankees, before he signed as a free agent with the Mariners this past offseason. Still, he could well benefit from support on both coasts. The bulk of Kinsler's votes may need to come from Detroit fans in their quest to get a Tigers second baseman into the All-Star starting lineup for the first time since Placido Polanco in 2007.
Cabrera (962,138 votes) may have no such worries, judging by the latest totals. His lead ballooned to 359,510 votes over White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu. Albert Pujols, whose league-wide popularity gave him the potential to become Cabrera's greatest challenge, is nearly 400,000 votes back.
No other Tigers are in the top five in balloting at their respective positions. Rookie Nick Castellanos fell out of fifth place at third base, while Torii Hunter jumped into seventh among outfielders, just 236,000 votes out of a starting spot.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the 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 Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the 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 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
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