All-Star update: Longoria still first at third
UPDATE, 2:58: Also, three finalists were named for the Rays representative for the All-Stars Among Us contest, which "recognizes recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways:" Bill Criswell (Windermere, established Home at Last to help U.S. soldiers), Christine Collins (Spring Hill, estabished Pay It Forward farm, which is for the benefit and education of single mothers and their children), Charles Castle (St. Petersburg, established Burg Baseball). Log on to PeopleAllStars.com for more details and to vote.
DEVELOPING: 3B Evan Longoria has a hefty lead over New York's Alex Rodriguez in the voting for third baseman for the July 13 All-Star Game. Longoria has 915,247 votes (the third highest total overall, behind Joe Mauer and Derek Jeter) in the second update released Tuesday; Rodriguez 632,268.LF Carl Crawford is third (with 532,201 votes) in a crowded field of outfielders, trailing Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (604,675) and Texas' Nelson Cruz (541,052). Trailing Crawford are Texas' Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles' Torii Hunter, and New York's trio of Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner.
Among other Rays, Jason Bartlett is fourth among shortstops, Carlos Pena fifth among first baseman and Ben Zobrist fifth among second baseman. Ex-Ray Pat Burrell remains fifth among DHs, though well back of leader Vladimir Guerrero (735,752-176,801). B.J. Upton is ninth among outfielders.