Longoria still leads All-Star voting
Evan Longoria still led the balloting for the final spot on the American League All-Star team as of 9 a.m. today, the Rays reported.
The race between Longoria and Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox is expected to go down to the 5 p.m. deadline. Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees, Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles and Jose Guillen of the Kansas City Royals also are drawing strong support, accoring to a news release issued by Major League Baseball.
In addition to Rays fans, Longoria is receiving support from the unlikeliest of places -- Boston. In a post titled, ''Just say no to Giambino,'' one of the more popular Red Sox fansites -- bostondirtdogs.com -- is encouraging Sox fans to vote for Longoria to keep votes away from Giambi.
Longoria said his friends and relatives organized a campaign for votes, and the Rays on Wednesday released a video pitch by ESPN commentator and Rays season-ticket holder Dick Vitale.
Meanwhile, the White Sox and Yankees have mobilized their own campaign efforts. Fans who vote for Dye online will have their names automatically entered to win a jersey autographed by Dye. The Yankees' campaign included a giveaway of free mustaches resembling Giambi's bushy mustache Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
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