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Swisher in, Youkilis out

Nick Swisher of the Yankees won the Final Vote over Kevin Youkilis in what was the tightest margin in the nine-year history of the contest.

According to MLB, Swisher had 9.8 million votes to finish just ahead of Youkilis. Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of the Twins trailed behind.

Swisher, unlike the more reserved Youkilis, promoted himself throughout the week. He and the Yankees also used Twitter far more effectively than did the Red Sox. Swisher has 1.2 million followers on Twitter, which is what likely helped make the difference.

Statistically, Youkilis deserved to be in. But given his ankle, he can use the time off. It’s not that the Red Sox won’t be well-represented. Youkilis played through the pain of an ankle injury Wednesday night and went 0 for 5 as the Red Sox were swept by the Rays. He is still batting .292 with 17 home runs, 55 RBIs and 66 runs.

The NL candidates were Heath Bell of the Padres, Bill Wagner of the Braves, Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, Joey Votto of the Reds and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals.

Votto was the winner. Ironically, the Red Sox helped promote Votto in an alliance with the Reds. But the support of the Reds did not help boost Youkilis over the top.

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