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Ortiz has commanding lead at DH for All-Star Game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 1, 2013 12:27 PM

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Fan voting for the All-Star Game ends on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. It seems safe to say that David Ortiz will be the designated hitter for the American League.

Ortiz has received 4,398,197 votes and is well ahead of Lance Berkman. who has 2,004,388. It would be the ninth All-Star selection for Ortiz and seventh time voted in as a starter.

Ortiz ranks fourth in the majors with 57 RBIs since his season debut on April 20. He is hitting .317 with a 1.008 OPS.

Dustin Pedroia is in second place at second base. He has 2,838,129 votes, well behind Robinson Cano of the Yankees (3,974,322).

Pedroia (.322/.401/.443) is having a very comparable season to Cano (.287/.364/.502.).

Mike Napoli is fourth at first base; Jarrod Saltalamacchia is fifth among the catchers and Jacoby Ellsbury is eighth in the outfield.

The All-Star Game rosters will be revealed on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox.

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