Bautista passes 3 million All-Star votes
By Sports Network
|Toronto Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista watches his solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto June 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)
NEW YORK - Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista remained the top vote-getter in either league, moving past 3 million votes for the AL All-Star team.
In the third round of balloting figures, released Tuesday by Major League Baseball, the right fielder and reigning major league home run king has more than 3.04 million votes.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano remained second behind Bautista with nearly 2.65 million.
Indeed, Yankees dominated the starting lineup, although they did lose one spot from the last round of balloting. Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez jumped past Mark Teixeira with more than 2.02 million votes to break up the Yankees' infield monopoly.
Alex Rodriguez remained the leading vote-getter at third base, Derek Jeter led all shortstops and Russell Martin topped the voting among catchers.
Cano was trailed at second base by Boston's Dustin Pedroia, while Texas' Adrian Gonzalez trailed Rodriguez at third, Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera was Jeter's only real competition at short and Martin had a big lead on Detroit's Alex Avila behind the plate.
In the outfield, Bautista led New York's Curtis Granderson and Texas' Josh Hamilton.
The All-Star Game will take place July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.