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June 01, 2010

Vladimir Guerrero starts to pull away in All-Star voting

The second round of All-Star Game voting for the American League was just released, and Vladimir Guerrero continues to lead among designated hitters. He has 725,752 votes, while runner-up Hideki Matsui has 465,615.

Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, moved up one spot to second in outfield voting with 541,052. If he finishes in the top three, he will assure himself of his second straight All-Star Game appearance and first start. Two-time starter Josh Hamilton is fourth, trailing third place Carl Crawford by some 70,000 votes, Crawford trails Cruz by fewer than 9,000 votes.

Other Rangers are faring well, but probably not well enough to get a starting nod. Elvis Andrus is second at shortstop, which is good, but the problem is he trails first-place Derek Jeter by around 560,000 votes. Yikes. Michael Young and Ian Kinsler are third at third base and second base, though distantly. Taylor Teagarden, who has one major-league hit and is at Double A Frisco, is fourth in voting for catchers.

-- Jeff Wilson

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