Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Updated: June 2, 1:18 PM ET
Six Yankees lead in early All-Star voting
By Matt Ehalt
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Arizona should start preparing for a New York invasion.
In the first update of voting for the 2011 American League All-Star team, the Yankees have six players who are the top vote-getters at their positions, including the entire starting infield.
The six players are catcher Russell Martin, first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, shortstop Derek Jeter and center fielder Curtis Granderson. The All-Star Game is July 12 in Phoenix.
As Jeter gets closer and closer to his 3,000th hit, he's also closing in on his 12th All-Star team, garnering 931,410 votes so far, putting him comfortably ahead of Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera.
Rodriguez could grab his 13th All-Star spot and his first start since 2008, with 945,127 votes in the early going. He's ahead of Texas' Adrian Beltre and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria.
Cano has the second-most votes of all players, behind only Toronto's Jose Bautista, and has more than twice the votes of second-place Dustin Pedroia. Teixeira also leads a member of the Boston Red Sox in the voting, as he is almost 142,000 votes ahead of Adrian Gonzalez.
New catcher Russell Martin has a cushy lead over Minnesota Twins backstop Joe Mauer with 843,459 votes. He's looking for an appearance on his third All-Star team and his first start since 2007, when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Granderson has the second-most votes among outfielders with 994,315.
The only Yankees not in first at their positions are outfielders Brett Gardner (11th), Nick Swisher (7th) and designated hitter Jorge Posada (3rd). Michael Young leads at DH, while his Texas teammate Josh Hamilton would be the third outfielder.
The starting rosters for the game will be announced July 3 during the All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS.