Monday, June 25, 2012
Ian Kinsler falls behind in All-Star voting
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- With just a few days of voting remaining, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has dropped out of the starting spot in the All-Star Game after Robinson Cano garnered most votes the past week. In the latest results released on Monday afternoon, Kinsler is 106,923 votes behind Cano as both players have received more than 3.4 million votes. Kinsler was a little fewer than 15,000 votes ahead of Cano a week ago.
There's still time, however, for Kinsler to make a move. Fans have until 10:59 p.m. CT on Thursday to cast votes online for the starters in the July 10 game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Manager Ron Washington has until Saturday to get his selections in, and the entire team will be announced Sunday. If you haven't done so yet, you can vote here.
Other Rangers notes from the lastest vote totals:
* No one in the AL has more votes than Josh Hamilton, who has totaled 7,310,824 votes so far and is in line to start his fifth consecutive All-Star Game. Only Derek Jeter, who appears a lock to start at shortstop for the seventh consecutive season, has a longer active mark in the AL. Hamilton is 143,929 votes away from the all-time record number of votes for any All-Star candidate as he tries to break Jose Bautista's mark from last year.
* Nelson Cruz moved up to fourth in the outfield voting. The top three outfielders in the fan vote start in the game. Cruz is only 92,423 votes behind third-place Bautista in a very close race.
* Adrian Beltre remains in front at third base, leading Miguel Cabrera by nearly 400,000 votes. Beltre is trying to make the All-Star team for the third consecutive year. He started in 2011 at third base for Alex Rodriguez, who didn't play because of knee soreness.
* Mike Napoli is way out ahead of the competition at catcher and it would be his first All-Star appearance. He is more than 1.2 million votes ahead of Joe Mauer.
* Elvis Andrus (shortstop) and Michael Young (DH) are still in second place at their positions. Jeter has a huge lead at shortstop and David Ortiz is outpacing Young by more than 500,000 votes.
* David Murphy is sixth among outfielders, the same spot he was last week.
* Mitch Moreland has stayed fourth on the first base ballot most of the past month but is still ahead of Albert Pujols. Prince Fielder has a large lead at the position.