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June 1, 2011 at 12:48 PM

First AL All-Star vote: Six Yankees leading, Ichiro close in outfield balloting

The first All-Star vote tallies for the American League are out today, and as often is the case in the early (and late) voting, the Yankees are dominating. Six of their players are in the lead at their position: Mark Teixeira (first base), Robinson Cano (second base), Derek Jeter (shortstop), Russell Martin (catcher), and Curtis Granderson (outfield).

Granderson is second in the outfield behind the overall leading vote-getter (and rightly so), Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who has 1,261,659 votes.

The other leaders are Michael Young of the Rangers at designated hitter, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers for the third outfield berth.

Ichiro is showing he still has star appeal despite a sub-par season. He is a close fourth in the outfield voting with 674,406, which puts him 73,834 votes behind Hamilton. There’s still a long way to go before balloting closes on June 30. The 34-player teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 3 on a national broadcast on TBS — all except the final player in each league, selected via the “Final Vote” on-line and on mobile phones.

Ichiro figures to be in danger of missing the All-Star team for the first time since joining the Mariners in 2001. He began today hitting just .272, but he has proven over the years to be a huge favorite in fan balloting, which includes international voting.

Besides the starting position players selected by fans, the pitchers and reserves for both squads are determined through a combination of player balloting, and selections by the two All-Star managers, Bruce Bochy of the Giants for the National League and Ron Washington of the Rangers for the American League, in conjunction with MLB.

Every team has to be represented. The Mariners strongest candidates, as of today, are starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda. Strong cases could also be made for David Pauley, who leads the league in relief innings and has a 4-0 record with a 0.84 ERA, and, yes, Brandon League, who leads the league in saves and, if you take out that one horrible week, has been brilliant the rest of the time.

Here are the voting totals released today by MLB:

CATCHER

Russell Martin, Yankees: 843,459

Joe Mauer, Twins: 593,949

Alex Avila, Tigers: 407,463

Carlos Santana, Indians: 395,892

Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 337,737

FIRST BASE

Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 827,247

Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 685,262

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 657,594

Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 278,055

Adam Lind, Blue Jays: 256,782

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1,185,952

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 586,361

Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 502,012

Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 384,004

Ben Zobrist, Rays: 352,904

THIRD BASE

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 945,127

Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 755,551

Evan Longoria, Rays: 588,463

Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 491,422

Maicer Izturis, Angels: 199,423

SHORTSTOP

Derek Jeter, Yankees: 931,410

Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 672,105

Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 560,309

Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 320,874

Erick Aybar, Angels: 215,991

DESIGNATED HITTER

Michael Young, Rangers: 646,979

David Ortiz, Red Sox: 618,609

Jorge Posada, Yankees: 414,733

Travis Hafner, Indians: 407,334

Johnny Damon, Rays: 353,340

OUTFIELD

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 1,261,659

Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 994,315

Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 748,240

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 674,406

Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 514,006

Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 494,721

Nick Swisher, Yankees: 465,984

Grady Sizemore, Indians: 457,185

Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 440,626

Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 407,517

Brett Gardner, Yankees: 370,989

Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 366,575

Sam Fuld, Rays: 310,520

J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 307,684

B.J. Upton, Rays: 277,173

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