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Dismal showing for Red Sox players in early All-Star voting

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  June 5, 2012 01:28 PM

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The Red Sox are usually well represented on the American League All-Star team, but those days may be coming to an end.

While David Ortiz is on track to make the All-Star team for the eighth time, other Red Sox players are not faring so well in the first ballot update released today.

In a battle between seven-time All-Stars in the AL designated hitter voting, Ortiz (1,204,904 votes) leads Michael Young (1,049,170 votes) of the Rangers by a slim margin.

But that's where the good news ends for fans hoping to see some Red Sox domination at the ballot box for the midseason classic that will be played on July 10 in Kansas City.

Most shocking in the early results is that Adrian Gonzalez, a starter for the AL in 2011, wasn't even listed in the top five voting. Prince Fielder leads the first base field with 1,027, 070 votes followed by Mark Teixeira, Paul Konerko, Mitch Moreland, and Albert Pujols, newly acquired by the Angels. Gonzalez is somewhere behind Pujols, who has 478,020 votes.

At second base, Dustin Pedroia (699,422 votes) -- a regular at the top of the voting charts in the past -- is a distant third behind the Rangers' Ian Kinsler (1,447,171 votes) and Robinson Cano of the Yankees (1,164,448 votes).

Old friend Adrian Beltre is part of the Rangers domination in the early voting at third base. Beltre, one of five Rangers that are on pace to start the 83rd All-Star game, leads the pack with 1,179,864 votes. Kevin Youkilis, injured for a good part of the 2012 season, did not crack the top five vote-getters.

Derek Jeter leads all AL shortstops with 1,698,777 votes while the surprising Mike Aviles did not make the top five.

Despite a push from Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and others in the media, Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the top five in the catcher balloting. Mike Napoli of the Rangers leads with 1,224, 565 votes.

In the AL outfield, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers is the top vote-getter overall with 2,587, 991 votes. He is followed by Curtis Granderson, Nelson Cruz, Jose Bautista, Adam Jones... and eventually the injured Jacoby Ellsbury (346,774 votes), who is in 14th place. No, Carl Crawford is not in the top 15 vote-getters among outfielders.

In 2011, the Red Sox had six All-Stars named or voted in: Josh Beckett, Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez, Jon Lester, David Ortiz, and Kevin Youkilis.

The Red Sox also had six All-Stars in 2010: Pedroia (injured), Ortiz, Victor Martinez (injured), Clay Buchholz (injured), and Lester.

In 2009, the Sox came through with six All-Stars again: Tim Wakefield, Kevin Youkilis, Pedroia, Jason Bay, Jonathan Papelbon, and Beckett.

And back in 2008, the Red Sox dominated the AL squad with seven selections as Pedroia, Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, and Ortiz were voted as starters. Papelbon, Jason Varitek, and J.D. Drew were selected as reserves.

Fans can cast their votes for the 2012 All-Star game starters up to 25 times at MLB.com until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Then the final postion player for each squad is selected via an online vote from July 1-5.

The pitchers and reserves for both teams will be determined through a combination of player ballot choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers -- AL manager Ron Washington of the Rangers and NL skipper Tony La Russa.

The full American League voting update released today follows:

FIRST BASE

Prince Fielder, Tigers: 1,027,070
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 697,602
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 671,430
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 618,226
Albert Pujols, Angels: 478,020

SECOND BASE

Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,447,171
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,164,448
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 699,422
Robert Andino, Orioles: 317,434
Chris Getz, Royals: 278,585

THIRD BASE

Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,179,864
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 886,365
Evan Longoria, Rays: 789,434
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 657,315
Mike Moustakas, Royals: 432,379

SHORTSTOP

Derek Jeter, Yankees: 1,698,777
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 1,033,986
J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 489,941
Alcides Escobar, Royals: 392,195
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 344,065

CATCHER

Mike Napoli, Rangers: 1,224,565
Matt Wieters, Orioles: 713,469
Joe Mauer, Twins: 637,364
Russell Martin, Yankees: 431,435
A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox: 424,646

DESIGNATED HITTER

David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,204,904
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,049,170
Raul Ibanez, Yankees: 492,183
Billy Butler, Royals: 477,257
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 391,131

OUTFIELDERS

Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 2,587,991
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 1,406,128
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 992,992
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 930,814
Adam Jones, Orioles: 857,543
David Murphy, Rangers: 652,379
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 624,215
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 437,126
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 433,899
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 422,304
Austin Jackson, Tigers: 389,664
Nick Markakis, Orioles: 384,390
Alex Gordon, Royals: 378,459
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 346,774
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 344,279

The National League results are available via MLB.com.

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