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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Avila climbing in MLB All-Star voting

MLB put out its third All-Star voting update on Tuesday, and Alex Avila leapfrogged the injured Joe Mauer into second place in the balloting for the American League's starting catcher. He's still more than 600,000 votes behind Yankees catcher Russell Martin.

Miguel Cabrera remains a distant third (700,000-plus out of first) behind early AL MVP candidates Mark Teixeira and Adrian Gonzalez, while Jhonny Peralta has finally cracked the top five in voting at shortstop.

It's not all that likely that anyone else — maybe Victor Martinez? — would be a popular enough player to garner enough votes in the next two weeks (voting ends June 30) to garner a starting or backup position, in the field at least.

You may have seen the AL's starting pitcher on the mound for the Tigers last night, however.

As of today, Justin Verlander (8-3) leads the league in innings pitched (111.2), strikeouts (105), batting average against (.185) and WHIP (0.89), while he's tied for second in wins (8), and fifth in ERA (2.66). Of course, he also has that no-hitter thingy, as well as two credible near-misses. Max Scherzer (8-2, 4.39 ERA) and Jose Valverde (2-2, 16-for-16 on saves) could also earn themselves a spot on the AL roster.

Here are the latest tallies released by MLB. (go here to vote)


Russell Martin, Yankees: 1,712,156
Alex Avila, Tigers: 1,093,070
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,041,798
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 763,607
Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 751,858

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 2,027,537
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,774,024
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,295,547
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 692,670
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 507,547

Robinson Cano, Yankees: 2,649,737
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,518,231
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,129,023
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 732,308
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 633,533

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 2,063,520
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,752,729
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 1,381,381
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,226,770
Maicer Izturis, Angels: 364,623

Derek Jeter, Yankees: 1,931,670
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 1,647,802
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 1,180,962
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 640,395
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 540,601

David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,974,918
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,428,833
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 810,672
Travis Hafner, Indians: 691,205
Johnny Damon, Rays: 672,529

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 3,042,091
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2,406,946
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1,799,339
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,447,715
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,231,035
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 1,222,687
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,123,608
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 937,365
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 796,905
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 778,871
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 752,687
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 739,930
Matt Joyce, Rays: 737,377
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 642,387
David Murphy, Rangers: 622,160


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