Bautista surpasses five million all-star votes

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and reliever Jason Frasor celebrate their win against the...

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and reliever Jason Frasor celebrate their win against the Cardinals in St. Louis, Miss., June 24, 2011. (SARAH CONARD/Reuters)

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NEW YORK - Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista remained the top vote-getter in either league, moving past 5 million votes for the AL All-Star team.

In the fifth round of balloting figures, released Tuesday by Major League Baseball, the right fielder and reigning major league home run king has 5,263,840 votes and is the first AL player to pass the 5 million mark.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is seeking his first career All-Star appearance by challenging Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton for the third outfield spot. Ellsbury just surpassed the 3 million mark while reigning AL MVP Hamilton is close to reaching 3.2 million votes.

Yankee Curtis Granderson is in second place for outfielders with 4,582,419 votes. Rounding out the top six are four-time AL All-Star Carl Crawford (2,294,337) of the Red Sox and Nelson Cruz (1,912,783) of the Rangers, who narrowly edged Ichiro Suzuki (1,912,062) of the Seattle Mariners to overtake the sixth spot.

The Yankees still hold a stranglehold on the infield voting, with Robinson Cano pulling in 4,724,816 votes at second while Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are top vote-getters at shortstop and third, respectively.

New York catcher Russell Martin still claims to top spot over Detroit's Alex Avila, while red-hot Adrian Gonzalez of Boston has collected over 4 million votes for the top first baseman. He holds nearly a million votes lead on Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira.

Red Sox David Ortiz has 4,237,014 million votes to pull away for the designated hitter spot, registering over two million more over Rangers' Michael Young.

The All-Star Game will take place July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.


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