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Longoria tops AL All-Star voting

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria has taken the overall lead in AL All-Star voting, moving past Yankees SS Derek Jeter with a month left in the ballotting.

Longoria has 1,036,071 votes in the update released today, moving past Jeter, who has 1,017,560.

Longoria has a substantial lead among third baseman, with more than twice as many votes as Texas' Michael Young (441,912), New York's Alex Rodriguez (428,690) and Boston's Mike Lowell (315,686).

Other Rays among the leaders at their positions include SS Jason Bartlett, who is a distant second to Jeter with 435,456 votes, and OF Carl Crawford, who ranks fifth with 439,870. The top three outfielders are selected, and the current leaders are Boston's Jason Bay (729,590), Texas' Josh Hamilton (685,463) and Seatt'e Ichiro Suzuki (481,263), followed by Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. (452,849).

AL home run leader Carlos Pena is not among the top five first basemen, a field that includes Boston's Kevin Youkilis, New York's Mark Teixeira, Minnesota' s Justin Morneau, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Texas' Chris Davis.

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[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:47am]


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