Good thing All-Star elections don't get the same treatment as do some presidential elections. Had national networks been projecting the American League winners based on reports from 67 percent of the precincts, they might've been wrong on the first count.

Monday afternoon's fifth and final voting update -- the final results will be announced Sunday night -- disclosed a new candidate for the AL's starting lineup in the 76th annual All-Star Game.

Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira, completing a steady rally, overtook Tino Martinez of the Yankees. Making up the last of his deficit, Teixeira (1,077,715 votes) now leads the popular New York veteran by 144,747.

Boston center fielder Johnny Damon is trying to nudge his way into the starting outfield trio. If voting closed today, the AL All-Star outfield would be comprised of teammate Manny Ramirez, defending AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.

But Damon (1,550,810 votes) is 13,850 votes behind Ichiro (1,564,660), who always attracts strong support in voting online -- the only place remaining for fans to vote through midnight ET Thursday.

The 2005 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 3. This special program will feature the announcement of the 17 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 45 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the player ballot and the two All-Star Team managers -- Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals -- and Major League Baseball.

Immediately following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each league's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over a three-day period.

There will be two ways for fans to vote for the 2005 All-Star Final Vote -- online at MLB.com or on-the-go from cell phones. Fans can simply text the word "VOTE" to 69652 (MYMLB) and be instantly registered to receive Final Vote ballots. Then, for just 99 cents a ballot, they'll have the freedom to vote from wherever they are. Fans can pre-register for the mobile ballot now.

The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will conclude on Wednesday, July 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The two winners will be announced on ESPN and MLB.com shortly thereafter.

With the exception of the two very significant shifts, the AL leader board remained virtually unchanged.

Boston DH David Ortiz (2,358,552 votes) pulled away as the overall vote leader, lapping DH runner-up Rafael Palmeiro by 1,761,863 votes.

Ortiz's teammate and captain, Jason Varitek, stayed the course 554,344 votes ahead of Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada and second baseman Brian Roberts seem certain to be turning two on July 12 in Comerica Park, continuing to lead last summer's incumbent double-play combination.

Tejada remains 647,328 votes ahead of the Yankees' Derek Jeter. Roberts extended his lead over Texas' Alfonso Soriano to 104,652 votes.

Thus, barring a last-week surge by some teammates, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, whose 2,005,668 votes give him a bulge of 1,296,535 votes over Boston's Bill Mueller, will be the Yankees' lone starter in the All-Star Game.

That development would not be as exceptional as the Bombers' ongoing streak of seven division titles might lead you to believe -- in 2001, in the middle of their run, the Yankees had no starters in the Safeco Field renewal.

But A-Rod may yet have company. Outfielders Gary Sheffield (1,080,462) and Hideki Matsui (809,013) continue to run fifth and sixth, respectively.

Furthermore, Matsui, another perennial online force, may also ride the momentum of a phenomenal hot month to a convincing last-week charge. Through Saturday's game, the reigning AL Player of the Week was batting .390 during June, with five homers and 16 RBIs in his last 12 games.

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 76th All-Star Game via the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Game MVP Vote on MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

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Results as of June 27:

1st Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Teixeira, M.Rangers1,077,715
2. Martinez, T.Yankees932,968
3. Millar, K.Red Sox699,852
4. Konerko, P.White Sox647,088
5. Sexson, R.Mariners391,054

2nd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Roberts, B.Orioles1,523,791
2. Soriano, A.Rangers1,419,139
3. Bellhorn, M.Red Sox585,907
4. Womack, T.Yankees397,303
5. Iguchi, T.White Sox293,817

Shortstop
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Tejada, M.Orioles1,824,209
2. Jeter, D.Yankees1,176,881
3. Renteria, E.Red Sox832,307
4. Guillen, C.Tigers325,491
5. Young, M.Rangers290,675

3rd Base
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Rodriguez, A.Yankees2,005,668
2. Mueller, B.Red Sox709,133
3. Mora, M.Orioles583,733
4. Blalock, H.Rangers423,458
5. Beltre, A.Mariners348,397

Catcher
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Varitek, J.Red Sox1,615,381
2. Rodriguez, I.Tigers1,061,037
3. Posada, J.Yankees678,558
4. Lopez, J.Orioles444,169
5. Pierzynski, A.White Sox320,317

Designated Hitter
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Ortiz, D.Red Sox2,358,552
2. Palmeiro, R.Orioles596,699
3. Giambi, J.Yankees467,189
4. Young, D.Tigers353,880
5. Thomas, F.White Sox331,606

Outfield
Player NameTeamTotal Votes
1. Ramirez, M.Red Sox1,697,604
2. Guerrero, V.Angels1,605,068
3. Suzuki, I.Mariners1,564,660
4. Damon, J.Red Sox1,550,810
5. Sheffield, G.Yankees1,080,462
6. Matsui, H.Yankees809,013
7. Hunter, T.Twins702,344
8. Nixon, T.Red Sox659,908
9. Sosa, S.Orioles637,841
10. Podsednik, S.White Sox513,026
11. Williams, B.Yankees442,007
12. Anderson, G.Angels441,978
13. Finley, S.Angels304,652
14. Hidalgo, R.Rangers252,539
15. Dye, J.White Sox241,257