Josh Hamilton, Rangers dominate All-Star voting
The Texas Rangers, most notably Josh Hamilton, are dominating the early stages of American League All-star voting.
Four of Hamilton's teammates are in position to join him in the AL starting lineup for the July 10 game in Kansas City.
Nelson Cruz is third among outfielders with 992,992 votes, trailing the Yankees' Curtis Granderson (1,406,128) and just ahead of the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (930,814).
Mike Napoli has a big lead among catchers with 1,224,565 votes. Baltimore's Matt Wieters is second with 713,469.
Ian Kinsler tops the second base voting at 1,447,171, with the Yankees' Robinson Cano (1,167,448) his closest competitor.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre also leads at his position with 1,179,864 votes. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is next with 886,365.
The Rangers are popular choices at positions they aren't leading, too. Mitch Moreland is fourth at first base (Detroit's Prince Fielder leads; the Angels' Albert Pujols is fifth), Elvis Andrus is second at shortstop (behind New York's Derek Jeter), Michael Young is second at designated hitter (behind Boston's David Ortiz), and David Murphy is sixth in the outfield.
In-stadium balloting concludes June 22, and online voting concludes June 28. The starting lineups will be announced July 1.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
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Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.