Ortiz lined up as All-Star; Pedroia trails

July, 1, 2013
7/01/13
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With All-Star voting closing at midnight Thursday, David Ortiz seems assured of winning a starting spot as designated hitter.

Ortiz leads the Rangers' Lance Berkman, 4,398,197 to 2,004,388, in balloting.

Dustin Pedroia is the only other Red Sox player with a realistic shot of starting, but he trails the Yankees' Robinson Cano by 1.1 million votes (3,974,322 to 2,838,129).

Based on the Wins Above Replacement metric, Pedroia should get the nod at second base. Pedroia leads AL second basemen with a WAR of 4.3, which Cleveland's Jason Kipnis second at 3.6 and Cano third at 3.1.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Pedroia's advantage comes on defense, where statistically he has saved 11 runs. Cano grades out as a negative defender.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING
(as of July 1)

CATCHER
Joe Mauer, Twins: 3,869,330
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 2,677,959
A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers: 1,441,827
Carlos Santana, Indians: 1,285,650
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 1,256,505

FIRST BASE
Chris Davis, Orioles: 5,468,703
Prince Fielder, Tigers: 3,280,681
Albert Pujols, Angels: 1,140,420
Mike Napoli, Red Sox: 1,123,281
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 1,007,675

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 3,974,322
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 2,838,129
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,767,806
Omar Infante, Tigers: 1,554,514
Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,227,462

THIRD BASE
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 5,844,165
Manny Machado, Orioles: 2,752,627
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,792,809
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,528,877
Josh Donaldson, Athletics: 827,381

SHORTSTOP
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 3,509,180
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 2,505,348
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,122,770
Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 1,491,376
Jose Reyes, Blue Jays: 1,091,707

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 4,398,197
Lance Berkman, Rangers: 2,004,388
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 1,688,099
Victor Martinez, Tigers: 1,257,577
Mark Trumbo, Angels: 1,190,709

OUTFIELD
Mike Trout, Angels: 4,822,983
Adam Jones, Orioles: 4,766,256
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,679,230
Nick Markakis, Orioles: 2,536,864
Torii Hunter, Tigers: 2,390,336
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 2,258,797
Nate McLouth, Orioles: 2,169,772
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,751,022
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 1,556,700
Coco Crisp, Athletics: 1,421,277
Alex Gordon, Royals: 1,416,887
Austin Jackson, Tigers: 1,306,330
Josh Hamilton, Angels: 1,138,518
Shane Victorino, Red Sox: 1,059,429
Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees: 1,003,198

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