Adrian widens lead, Ellsbury gains in AL voting
Red Sox picking up steam in East-dominant All-Star balloting
The Red Sox are streaking and so, too, are their players in the latest voting updates for the 2011 All-Star Game.
The American League East continues to dominate in the AL polls for starting positions in this year's Midsummer Classic, as in-stadium voting comes to a close and online voting winds down. The top three at each position remained unchanged this week as Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez extended his lead over New York's Mark Teixeira in the first-base race while Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is making a strong push for the third outfield spot.
The top vote-getters at each position (including the top two in three of the seven categories) hail from the East, which contains three teams -- the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays -- that rank among those with the league's four best records.
Toronto's Jose Bautista is baseball's top vote-getter (4,156,940) as he leads the way for the starting outfield spots. He's followed by New York's Curtis Granderson (3,473,227) and Texas' Josh Hamilton (2,400,408). Ellsbury (2,226,797) is right behind in the closest race for a starting spot on the AL team.
Granderson and Bautista are tied for the Major League lead in home runs (21), while Bautista's .330 batting average is second in the AL.
Gonzalez (3,017,960), who eclipsed Teixeira (2,407,665) last week, leads the Major Leagues with a .353 average and 67 RBIs. The Boston slugger's vote lead increased from 253,513 to 610,295 in the past week.
Boston outscored opponents 128-58 while winning 14 of 16 games through Monday. Gonzalez hit .437 (28-for-64) with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs and 21 RBIs in those 16 games.
The competition for the starting spot at shortstop and third base remain hotly contested as New York's Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez continue to lead at their positions.
Jeter (2,654,040), who is on the disabled list and waiting to resume his pursuit of career hit No. 3,000, is about 412,000 votes ahead of Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera (2,242,157). Cabrera, who leads all AL shortstops in runs, hits, home runs and RBIs, trailed by about 284,000 votes as of last week.
At third, Rodriguez (2,876,537) continues to lead Texas' Adrian Beltre (2,307,380) and Boston's Kevin Youkilis (2,025,438).
For the starting spot behind the plate, Detroit's Alex Avila (1,730,511) is quietly closing the gap on Yankees backstop Russell Martin (2,226,797). Avila was 10-for-28 with eight RBIs in 10 games through Monday.
New York second baseman Robinson Cano (3,664,498) is running away from Boston's Dustin Pedroia (2,239,172) as Cano works on a nine-game hitting streak for the Yankees entering Tuesday's game in Cincinnati.
Another lopsided lead belongs to Boston's David Ortiz (3,116,578), who stands ahead of the Rangers' Michael Young (1,760,195) by more than 1.35 million votes 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 a mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The All-Star Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 12, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.
Russell Martin, Yankees: 2,226,797
Alex Avila, Tigers: 1,730,511
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,341,474
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 1,135,617
Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 980,697
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 3,017,960
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 2,407,665
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,771,893
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 890,468
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 676,194
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 3,664,498
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 2,239,172
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,452,880
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 910,941
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 828,771
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 2,876,537
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 2,307,380
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 2,025,438
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,639,405
Brandon Inge, Tigers: 490,734
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 2,654,040
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 2,242,157
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 1,513,929
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 875,371
Marco Scutaro, Red Sox: 813,888
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 3,116,578
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,760,195
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 1,120,830
Victor Martinez, Tigers: 932,711
Johnny Damon, Rays: 864,535
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 4,156,940
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 3,473,227
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 2,400,408
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 2,249,323
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 1,789,097
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,537,101
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,462,426
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 1,271,843
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 1,120,179
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 1,112,720
Matt Joyce, Rays: 1,038,098
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 906,983
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 867,281
David Murphy, Rangers: 785,630
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 764,817