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Ramirez drops to seventh in NL All-Star voting

June 29, 2009
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NEW YORK—Manny Ramirez dropped one spot to seventh place in All-Star voting among NL outfielders with four days remaining in balloting for starters.

The Los Angeles Dodgers star, whose 50-game drug suspension is slated to end Friday, had 1,343,011 votes and trailed Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez (2,970,139), Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (2,654.061), the Mets' Carlos Beltran (2,085,028), the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (1,916,598), Philadelphia's Shane Victorino (1,642,248) and Milwaukee's Mike Cameron (1,345,763). The top three outfielders are elected to start the July 14 game at St. Louis.

Others leading their positions in totals announced Monday were St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols (3,602,765), Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley (3,510,082), Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez (2,026,174), Mets third baseman David Wright (2,049,487) and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina (1,846,629).

Balloting runs through Thursday, and starters and reserves for both leagues will be announced Sunday.

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