Kinsler drops to second in voting

Ian Kinsler has dropped to second in the All-Star voting. Here is today’s release…

Three-time American League All-Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees has overtaken Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the final A.L. balloting update for the 83rd All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.  The 2012 All-Star squads will be unveiled during the 2012 All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell on TBS, which will air at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday prior to the Yankees-Chicago White Sox game at Yankee Stadium.

Cano, who hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning on Sunday night to give the Yankees a series victory over the crosstown-rival New York Mets, has received 3,559,290 votes, gaining a slight lead over Kinsler (3,452,367).  Cano, who has started each of the previous two Midsummer Classics, could become the first Yankees second baseman to make three consecutive fan-elected starts, and he would become the first A.L. second baseman to make three straight starts representing the same Club since Roberto Alomar did so for the Baltimore Orioles from 1996-98.  Cano is joined up the middle by his teammate Derek Jeter (4,407,982), who continues to lead Elvis Andrus (2,764,888) of the Rangers.  The 12-time All-Star, who leads the A.L. with 92 hits, is on pace to earn his seventh consecutive fan-elected start.  In a bid to become the first Rangers third baseman to start a Midsummer Classic, two-time All-Star Adrian Beltre has tallied 3,073,541 votes to lead six-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (2,692,047).  Cabrera’s teammate Prince Fielder (2,825,532) remains ahead of Paul Konerko (2,261,388) of the White Sox as he seeks his first A.L. All-Star selection and fourth All-Star appearance overall.

Four-time All-Star Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, who has drawn 7,310,824 votes, is already closing in on the single-season balloting record of 7,454,753, which was set just one year ago by Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.  The 2010 A.L. MVP, who is bidding for his fifth consecutive fan-elected start, paces the Majors with 64 RBI on the season.  He is joined in the outfield by Curtis Granderson (3,813,339) of the Yankees and Bautista (2,773,442).  Bautista, who has hit four home runs in his last six games, is now tied for the Major League-lead with 23 home runs as he vies for his second consecutive fan-elected start.  Hamilton’s teammate Nelson Cruz (2,681,019) and Adam Jones (2,633,259) of the Baltimore Orioles remain very close behind Bautista, followed by David Murphy (1,738,805) of the Rangers.

Seven-time A.L. All-Star David Ortiz (3,128,711) of the Boston Red Sox continues to hold off Michael Young (2,564,572) of the Rangers at designated hitter.  Ortiz, who is seeking his sixth overall fan-elected start, is four home runs shy of becoming the seventh active Major Leaguer to reach 400 career home runs.  Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (3,008,228), who is seeking his first career All-Star selection, holds a comfortable advantage over Minnesota Twins backstop Joe Mauer (1,772,228).

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