Cano takes lead in All-Star balloting
Fan voting for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game concludes Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. ET, and as of the final balloting update on Monday, there are now three Yankees in line to start for the American League on July 10.
Robinson Cano, who will also be the AL Captain in the Home Run Derby on July 9, has surpassed Texas’ Ian Kinsler as of the final update to become the leader in votes among second basemen. In taking the lead, Cano's total of 3,559,290 votes has him roughly 100,000 ahead of Kinsler, who is one of eight Rangers at or near the top of voting at his position.
If totals hold and Cano earns the start, it would be his third straight in the Midsummer Classic, making him the first Yankees second baseman to ever accomplish that fan-fueled feat. He would also be the first AL second-sacker to start three straight All-Star Games since Roberto Alomar in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Cano would also join Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, who have both been penciled in as starters since the first balloting update was released a couple weeks ago, in the AL’s starting lineup.
Jeter, who had more than 4.4 million votes at final update, remains well ahead of Texas’ Elvis Andrus at shortstop, while Granderson’s 3.8 million votes has him second among AL outfielders behind another Ranger, Josh Hamilton – whose last-update total of 7,310,824 was less than 150,000 shy of the all-time record of 7,454,753 set by Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (who would be the third member of this year’s starting outfield if totals hold) in 2011.
Catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrian Beltre are the other two Rangers currently set to start for the AL, with Nelson Cruz (fourth) and David Murphy (sixth) in the trio of runners-up among outfielders and Michael Young second behind Boston’s David Ortiz at designated hitter.
The fan-voted starters for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be revealed on Sunday afternoon.
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