Hamilton, Cruz, Napoli, Kinsler, Beltre still lead in AL All-Star voting

The 2012 All-Star Game balloting was updated for a second time Monday and, like the first time the vote totals were revealed, the Rangers have five position players projected to start.

Josh Hamilton is still the top vote-getter in the AL with 3,833,504 votes while fellow Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has 1,398,534 votes, the third-most amongst AL outfielders with Curtis Granderson (2,033,239) being one of three AL players with at least two million votes, joining Hamilton and Yankees teammate, Derek Jeter.

The other three Rangers leading their positions in the AL All-Star Game voting are second baseman Ian Kinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre, and catcher Mike Napoli. Kinsler leads the Yankees’ Robinson Cano by less than 200,000 votes, Beltre is aheads of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera by more than 300,000, and Napoli holds a more than 700,000-vote edge over the Twins’ Joe Mauer.

Michael Young, who trails the Red Sox’s David Ortiz by about 350,000 votes in the designated hitter race, and Elvis Andrus, are currently in second place at their position in the AL All-Star Game voting. Andrus has nearly one million less votes than Jeter.

Mitch Moreland is currently in fourth place among AL first baseman with 852,091, around 150,000 more than the Angels’ Albert Pujols has while David Murphy sits in sixth place among AL outfielders with 884,552. The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista and the Orioles’ Adam Jones are in fourth and fifth place as they try to overtake Cruz for the final AL starting outfielder spot.

-Christian Corona

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