Youk passes Swisher in voting for final spot

Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has moved ahead of New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher at the halfway mark of online fan voting for the final spot on the American League All-Star team. Swisher had led Youkilis in numbers released Monday.

Fans have until 4 p.m. on Thursday to cast their votes (CLICK HERE TO VOTE) for one of five players: Swisher, Youkilis, Rangers third baseman Michael Young, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Twins outfielder Delmon Young. According to MLB.com, Swisher currently sits second behind Youkilis, with the other three “well-positioned to make a run at the top spot.”

Youkilis was removed from Tuesday's game with what the Red Sox called right ankle pain. The extent of the injury is still unclear.

Red Sox players are 3 for 3 in fan voting for the final spot on the All-Star ballot since its inception in 2002, with Johnny Damon (2002), Jason Varitek (2003) and Hideki Okajima (2007) getting voted onto the team. Yankees players are 1 for 5.