Kinsler leading tight race for AL All-Star start

Kinsler leading tight race for AL All-Star start

Kinsler leading tight race for AL All-Star start
ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is in a neck-and-neck race with Robinson Cano of the Yankees to be in the starting lineup for the American League All-Star team while Nelson Cruz has fallen to fifth place among outfielders.

Kinsler, a two-time All-Star who leads the AL in runs scored, has received 2,580,306 votes from fans in the latest ballot update released on Monday. Cano is right behind at 2,565,046. Cruz was running third among outfielders but has dropped to fifth in the latest update.

Josh Hamilton is on his way to securing a spot in the AL lineup for the fifth straight year by receiving 5,414,880 votes, well ahead of the rest of the field. Curtis Granderson of the Yankees is second with 2,818,535 votes followed by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays with 1,996,940 votes and Adam Jones of the Orioles with 1,959,207. Then comes Cruz with 1,944,487 votes and David Murphy is sixth at 1,229,190 votes.

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli continues to enjoy a comfortable lead at his position. He has drawn 2,239,047 votes while Joe Mauer of the Twins has 1,283,804 votes. Adrian Beltre also leads at third base with 2,251,304 votes while Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers is second with 1,869,727 votes.

Elvis Andrus is second among shortstops behind Derek Jeter and Michael Young, a seven-time All-Star, is second at designated hitter behind David Ortiz. Mitch Moreland is fourth at first base.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game 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

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 via the 2012 All-Star Game 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 in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to 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 provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit or

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for 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.