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Five Rangers holding onto top spots in voting

Five Rangers holding onto top spots in voting

Five Rangers holding onto top spots in voting
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is still holding off Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays for the third outfield spot in the American League lineup for the 83rd All-Star Game.

In the latest voting update released on Monday, Cruz had 1,398,534 votes while Bautista had 1,357,784 and Adam Jones of the Orioles had 1,318,091. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is still in first place while Curtis Granderson is in second.

Hamilton received 3,833,504 votes to lead all AL players and is a lock to start for the fifth straight year. The Rangers still have five players who are leading the fan voting for the All-Star Game, which is scheduled for July 10 in Kansas City.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who leads the AL with 46 runs scored, continues to lead his position with 1,920,364 votes over Robinson Cano of the Yankees, who had 1,732,359. Adrian Beltre leads at third base and Mike Napoli is still out front among catchers.

Beltre's 1,634,057 votes lead Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, who 1,313,063. Napoli holds a more than 700,000-vote edge over the Twins' Joe Mauer.

Michael Young, who trails the Red Sox's David Ortiz by about 350,000 votes in the designated-hitter race, and Elvis Andrus, are currently in second place at their positions in the voting. Andrus has nearly one million fewer votes than New York's Derek Jeter.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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