Robinson Cano among American League leaders at first All-Star Game ballot update

Cano leads all AL 2B, is second overall in league through first voting period
06/03/2013 4:12 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Through June 2, Robinson Cano leads AL second baseman in All-Star votes.(AP)
The first ballot update for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game is out, and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is on pace to earn his fifth All-Star berth and fourth in a row.

Cano leads all AL second basemen with 1,235,230 votes, nearly double the total of his closest competitor, Texas’ Ian Kinsler (656,827). With his vote total, Cano is also the second-leading vote getter overall in the AL, behind only Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who has more than 1.5 million tallies as of the first update.

This season, Cano has paced the Yankees, posting a .290-14-36 line through June 2 and leading the team in batting average, hits, home runs, RBI, and OPS. Of those totals, his 14 homers leads all MLB second basemen, and his 36 RBI is tops in that group in the AL and second in MLB behind Brandon Phillips.

Cano earned All-Star appearances in each of the last three seasons and also in 2006, but was not on the roster for the last game played in New York City; that game, in 2008 at Yankee Stadium, saw Boston’s Dustin Pedroia selected to start and Kinsler chosen as a reserve.

Through the first update, three other Bombers had cracked the leaderboard at their positions; Kevin Youkilis (235,888 votes) is fifth among AL third basemen, Derek Jeter (380,445 votes) is, despite not having played all season, fifth at shortstop, and Ichiro Suzuki (337,654) is No. 15 among outfielders.

If the current leaders hold, the AL All-Stars would have Angels star Mike Trout, Baltimore’s Adam Jones, and Detroit’s Torii Hunter in the outfield, Orioles slugger Chris Davis and Texas’ Elvis Andrus joining Cano and Cabrera in the infield, Minnesota’s Joe Mauer behind the plate, and Boston’s David Ortiz slotted in as the DH.

The MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in Queens.

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