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All-Star voting: Youk pulls ahead, Pedroia closes gap

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  June 30, 2009 12:48 PM

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They're trading places again. And again.

In the latest American League All-Star voting results released today, and with just two days remaining in the fan balloting, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis (1,915,303) has pulled ahead of the Yankees' Mark Teixeira (1,875,256) by 40,047 votes. In last week's update, Teixeira led Youk by a margin of 35,632 votes. In the prior week's update, Youkilis held a slim lead over Teixeira (1,315 votes). The week before that, Youkilis trailed Teixeira by 1,209 votes. Justin Morneau, who may be the most deserving starter for the American League, resides in third place among first basemen with 1,560,530 votes.

At second base, reigning AL MVP Dustin Pedroia (2,163,270) has closed the gap significantly on the Rangers’ Ian Kinsler (2,170,100), and now trails by just 6,830 votes. Last week, Pedroia trailed Kinsler by 58,930.

In the AL outfield race, Sox left fielder Jason Bay (2,609,913) continues to lead the pack ahead of the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki (1,802,826) and the Rangers' Josh Hamilton (1,635,781). Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury remains in the sixth spot with 1,355,133 votes. J.D. Drew, the MVP of the 2008 All-Star game, is in 10th place, with 1,050,112 votes.

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez (1,354,319) remains far behind the Rays' Evan Longoria in third base balloting. Longoria has more than doubled-up A-Rod's totals with 2,988,363 votes.

Derek Jeter has a big lead at shortstop with 3,046,813 votes to lead all AL players. Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett, checked in with 1,419,499 votes, good for second place. Jed Lowrie, who played in only five games this season, is the lone Red Sox shortstop on the radar with 576,629 votes.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is running away with the catcher's race over Sox captain Jason Varitek. Mauer has 2,851,819 votes to Varitek's 1,399,946.

Cast your All-Star votes here. Starters and reserves will be announced during the 2009 All-Star game selection show on TBS on Sunday. The 80th midsummer classic will be played on Tuesday, July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Voting ends July 2.

Yesterday, the Red Sox announced that Rob Dixon was selected as the Red Sox’ “All-Star” of the “All-Stars Among Us” campaign, which recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. Out of the three “All-Star” finalists representing the Red Sox, Dixon, from Brockton, was chosen by fans via voting at PeopleAllStars.com for his community service through Project RISE, an organization that works with at-risk youth. Dixon will be honored during the All-Star pre-game ceremony in St. Louis on July 14.

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