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PostSubject: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:39 pm



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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:01 pm

Avila second in All-Star vote, still needs help
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 06/14/11 5:14 PM ET

DETROIT -- The good news for Alex Avila is that he has passed Joe Mauer in the American League All-Star balloting. The bad news is that he still has Yankees backstop Russell Martin in front of him, and with the gap growing, he's going to need a surge in balloting over the next few weeks to have a chance to crack the starting lineup.

With in-person balloting just concluded at Comerica Park, the main way for most Tigers fans to cast their ballot is online.

What was less than a 600,000-vote gap a week ago has now grown, and it's leaving Avila and the Tigers in desperate need of a vote push to translate his breakout season into a break into the All-Star starting lineup. The gap actually runs in contrast to the results on the field. While Avila entered Tuesday batting .372 (16-for-43) with seven extra-base hits so far in June, Martin has two hits in his last 31 at-bats, dropping his average to a season-low .232.

Avila, for the moment, is trying not to worry about it.

"I'm definitely flattered that I'm in the conversation," Avila said over the weekend, "but I just want to win games. My main focus is our season and what we're doing, trying to win the division, so by that time, if we're in first place, I'll be happy."

Avila is one of three Tigers who rank among the top five in balloting. Miguel Cabrera remains third in balloting at first base, trailing Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and New York's Mark Teixeira. Jhonny Peralta, meanwhile, held onto fifth at shortstop.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

CLICK HERE TO Cast your vote now

Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 12, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:31 pm

Gonzalez takes over at first in AL All-Star voting
Boston slugger leaps over Teixeira; Bautista hits three million
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com | 06/14/11 3:00 PM ET

Riding the surge of the Red Sox and his own personal offensive exploits, Boston's Adrian Gonzalez has emerged as the American League's top vote-getter among first basemen for the 2011 All-Star Game.

Gonzalez, who has recorded at least one RBI in each of Boston's nine straight wins as the Red Sox leaped to the best record in the AL, has 2,027,537 votes at the latest count, moving ahead of Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (1,774,024) in the All-Star balloting update released Tuesday.

Teixeira's teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez continued to lead close races in the shortstop and third-base polls, respectively. Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera, who leads AL shortstops in hits, home runs and RBIs, trails Jeter, who is closing in on 3,000 career hits while battling a calf injury, by about 284,000 votes.

Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre remained about 300,000 votes behind Rodriguez.

This year's All-Star Game will be held July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Toronto's Jose Bautista, who tops the Majors with 21 home runs, has received more votes -- 3,042,091 -- than any other player in the Majors, and leads the way for the outfield spots. He is followed by New York's Curtis Granderson (2,406,946) and Texas' Josh Hamilton (1,799,339). Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury moved from fifth to fourth place, passing Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star.

Russell Martin, who returned to the Yankees lineup this weekend, maintained the lead over Detroit's Alex Avila by a solid margin in the competition to start at catcher in the Midsummer Classic.

New York second baseman Robinson Cano, who owns the league's second-highest vote total with 2,649,737, continues to distance himself from Boston's Dustin Pedroia (1,518,231) and Texas' Ian Kinsler (1,129,023).

Another AL East player, Boston's David Ortiz (1,974,918), remains in the lead for the designated hitter spot. He leads Texas' Michael Young (1,428,833).

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

2011 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING (as of June 14)
CATCHER
Russell Martin, Yankees: 1,712,156
Alex Avila, Tigers: 1,093,070
Joe Mauer, Twins: 1,041,798
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 763,607

Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 751,858

FIRST BASE
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox: 2,027,537
Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1,774,024
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1,295,547
Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 692,670
Paul Konerko, White Sox: 507,547

SECOND BASE
Robinson Cano, Yankees: 2,649,737
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 1,518,231
Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,129,023
Orlando Cabrera, Indians: 732,308
Ben Zobrist, Rays: 633,533

THIRD BASE
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 2,063,520
Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,752,729
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: 1,381,381
Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,226,770
Maicer Izturis, Angels: 364,623

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees: 1,931,670
Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: 1,647,802
Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 1,180,962
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays: 640,395
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 540,601

DESIGNATED HITTER
David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,974,918
Michael Young, Rangers: 1,428,833
Jorge Posada, Yankees: 810,672
Travis Hafner, Indians: 691,205
Johnny Damon, Rays: 672,529

OUTFIELD
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 3,042,091
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2,406,946
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1,799,339
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,447,715
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,231,035
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 1,222,687
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,123,608
Nick Swisher, Yankees: 937,365
Brett Gardner, Yankees: 796,905
J.D. Drew, Red Sox: 778,871
Jeff Francoeur, Royals: 752,687
Grady Sizemore, Indians: 739,930
Matt Joyce, Rays: 737,377
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians: 642,387
David Murphy, Rangers: 622,160

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:40 pm



Rosters unveiled for 82nd All-Star Game
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com | 07/03/11 12:36 PM ET

Three full months are in the books, one week remains before the celebrated midway point and a record 32.5 million ballots are in.

Now, it's time to unveil the All-Stars.

In anticipation for the 82nd All-Star Game in Phoenix's Chase Field on July 12, Major League Baseball announced on Sunday 66 of the 68 players who will make up the National League and American League rosters via the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.

This year's Midsummer Classic, the first with the designated hitter deployed in an NL park, will feature 34 players per league.

Fans selected 17 starters (including an AL DH), the players themselves chose 17 position players and 16 pitchers (10 starters plus six relievers), and the two managers -- in conjunction with MLB -- handpicked 10 pitchers and six reserves.

Then, skippers Ron Washington (AL) and Bruce Bochy (NL), in conjunction with MLB, each identified five omitted players to make up the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint, which fans can vote on until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Without further ado, here are the rosters ...

Starting at first base for the AL is the Red Sox's new slugger, Adrian Gonzalez, who's an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year and a starter for the first time in his first season in Boston.

Joining him at second base is Robinson Cano of the Yankees, who has followed up a career year last season with a solid first half in 2011, making him an All-Star starter for a second straight year.

Atshortstop will be Cano's up-the-middle partner, Derek Jeter, a 12-time All-Star who's making his seventh consecutive All-Star Game start despite a rough season that currently has him rehabbing a calf strain in the Minors.

The AL's starting third baseman gives the Yankees three infielders in Washington's starting lineup. That would be Alex Rodriguez, who's now tied with Ivan Rodriguez for the active lead with 14 All-Star Game appearances thanks to a solid start to 2011.

In a year that has seen superstar Joe Mauer miss significant time due to injury, the Tigers' Alex Avila became a first-time All-Star, edging out the Yankees' Russell Martin despite trailing throughout the voting process.

After a phenomenal 2010 season that put him on the map, Jose Bautista took it to yet another level in this season's first half. Now, not only is he a first-time All-Star starter; he's the Major Leagues' all-time leader in votes.

Thanks to a surging first half, Curtis Granderson becomes a first-time All-Star starter and gives the Yankees four representatives in the starting lineup.

And then there's Josh Hamilton, the Rangers' slugger who spent time on the disabled list but was still able to (barely) edge out Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox to start for a fourth consecutive year.

The designated hitter spot goes to a second member of the Red Sox, David Ortiz, who reversed the first-half struggles that have plagued him in recent years to become a seven-time All-Star and a five-time starter.

With Albert Pujols on the DL because of a wrist injury, Prince Fielder of the Brewers -- now a three-time All-Star -- used a phenomenal first half to beat out Joey Votto of the Reds and start at first base for the NL.

Fielder's teammate for the past 10 years, Rickie Weeks, will be making his first trip to the All-Star Game after edging out another Reds standout -- Brandon Phillips.

The Mets' Jose Reyes looks like an early candidate for the NL Most Valuable Player Award. And now, thanks to a late surge in the voting, he sped past the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki to make his second All-Star Game start.

The Phillies' Placido Polanco got the nod at the hot corner in a year that has seen both David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman miss significant time with injuries. At 35, Polanco will make his second All-Star Game start.

The Braves' Brian McCann finally got his chance, using yet another solid first half to make his seventh consecutive All-Star team and first ever start behind the plate.

Ryan Braun, who led the NL in votes, gives the Brewers three representatives in the starting lineup and is now an All-Star starter for the fourth consecutive year.

The No. 2 outfielder is the Cardinals' Lance Berkman, who has emphatically bounced back from an injury-mired 2010 season and is now an All-Star for the sixth time.

And the last starting NL outfield spot belongs to the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, whose own bounce-back year has him in the All-Star Game for the first time.

Making up the pitchers and reserves for the AL All-Star team are: starters Josh Beckett (Red Sox), Gio Gonzalez (Athletics), Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), James Shields (Rays), Justin Verlander (Tigers), Jered Weaver (Angels) and C.J. Wilson (Rangers); relievers Aaron Crow (Royals), Brandon League (Mariners), Chris Perez (Indians), Mariano Rivera (Yankees) and Jose Valverde (Tigers); catchers Martin and Matt Wieters (Orioles); infielders Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) and Howard Kendrick (Angels); outfielders Michael Cuddyer (Twins), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), Matt Joyce (Rays) and Carlos Quentin (White Sox); and DH Michael Young (Rangers).

On the bench and the pitching staff for the NL are: starters Matt Cain (Giants), Roy Halladay (Phillies), Cole Hamels (Phillies), Jair Jurrjens (Braves), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Cliff Lee (Phillies), Tim Lincecum (Giants) and Ryan Vogelsong (Giants); relievers Heath Bell (Padres), Tyler Clippard (Nationals), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates), Jonny Venters (Braves) and Brian Wilson (Giants); catcher Yadier Molina (Cardinals); infielders Starlin Castro (Cubs), Chipper Jones (Braves), Phillips, Gaby Sanchez (Marlins), Tulowitzki and Votto; outfielders Carlos Beltran (Mets), Jay Bruce (Reds), Matt Holliday (Cardinals), Hunter Pence (Astros) and Justin Upton (D-backs).

Making up the Final Vote competition are Alex Gordon of the Royals, Adam Jones of the Orioles, Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Victor Martinez of the Tigers and Ben Zobrist of the Rays in the AL; and Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, Todd Helton of the Rockies, Ian Kennedy of the D-backs, Michael Morse of the Nationals and Shane Victorino of the Phillies in the NL.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by MLB International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter.This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:41 am

TV highlights

July 11

Press conferences, 12:30-3:30 p.m.,
MLB Batting practice, 6 p.m.,
MLB Home Run Derby, 8 p.m., ESPN
All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, 10 p.m., ESPN

July 12
Red carpet parade, 4 p.m.,
MLB Batting practice, 5 p.m.,
MLB All-Star Game, 8 pm., Fox

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:49 pm

Last Updated: July 04. 2011 1:00AM

Breaking down the AL and NL All-Star starting lineups

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American League starters

C, Alex Avila, DET
Breakout star trumped Yankees voting machine, made up 400,000-plus votes with less than week to go.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1046.298.375.529

1B, Adrian Gonzalez, BOS
New team, new league, no problem. Gonzalez has made popular excuse, "adjustment period," look plain silly.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1674.350.407.588

2B, Robinson Cano, NYY

Not exactly MVP-caliber numbers, like last season, but he's actually Yankee who deserves to start.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1454.294.343.519

3B, Alex Rodriguez, NYY

Not banner year for A-Rod, but perhaps fan appeal is rebounding after missing starts in 2009-10.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1352.299.373.500

SS, Derek Jeter, NYY

With lingering calf injury, maybe he'll opt out of All-Star Game — making room for Tigers' Jhonny Peralta.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
220.260.324.324

OF, Jose Bautista, TOR

Once upon time, he couldn't stick with Pirates. Yes, those Pirates. Now, he's leading vote-getter. Amazing.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
2756.331.471.688

OF, Curtis Granderson, NYY

Second All-Star Game — first start, and, no doubt, first of many — for former Tiger.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
2258.273.366.572

OF, Josh Hamilton, TEX

Four years in Texas, four All-Star Game starts for Hamilton. We'd rather see him in Home Run Derby, though.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1040.301.364.554

DH, David Ortiz, BOS

Remember when he was finished, through, over the hill? Yeah, me neither.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1749.301.382.563
National League

C, Brian McCann, ATL

Last year's All-Star Game MVP for helping end National League's 13-year winless skid.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1447.314.388.520

1B, Prince Fielder, MIL

Walk year has been biggy — RBIs way up, strikeouts way down. $100M payday coming soon.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
2169.296.416.582

2B, Rickie Weeks, MIL

Brewers fans surprise us with enthusiasm. Weeks owes them a beer for first All-Star selection.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1534.278.346.480

3B, Placido Polanco, PHI

Remarkable that for a guy with .302 career average, this is just second All-Star trip (both starts).
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
439.277.331.349

SS, Jose Reyes, NYM

More leg injuries, threatening to cost him All-Star appearance for third time in four selections.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
332.354.398.529

OF, Lance Berkman, STL

His season could end now, and he'd probably still be comeback player of the year.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
2261.297.409.610

OF, Ryan Braun, MIL

Has quickly become superstar. Led NL in votes, is starting for third time in four years.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
1662.320.402.559

OF, Matt Kemp, LAD

One of rare bright spots for Dodgers organization, which is lackluster on field, an even bigger mess off it.
HRRBIAVGOBPSLG
2264.327.410.617

Giants manager Bruce Bochy will select a DH.

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:59 pm

All-Star rosters, plus who's vying for last spot

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All-Star rosters


A look at the 33 players selected by each league for the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix on July 12:

AL Starters

POS ____PLAYER____ _TM_ B/T ASG _AB_ _AVG_ _R_ _HR_ _RBI_ _SB_
C Alex Avila DET L/R 1 224 .299 28 10 46 3
1B Adrian Gonzalez BOS L/L 4 337 .353 59 16 74 1
2B Robinson Cano NYY L/R 3 312 .292 51 14 54 6
3B Alex Rodriguez NYY R/R 14 283 .304 51 13 52 4
SS Derek Jeter* NYY R/R 12 262 .260 39 2 20 7
OF Jose Bautista TOR R/R 2 268 .328 64 26 55 5
OF Curtis Granderson NYY L/R 2 301 .276 73 22 57 14
OF Josh Hamilton TEX L/L 4 186 .301 28 10 40 4
DH David Ortiz BOS L/L 6 278 .302 48 17 49 1

AL Reserves

POS ____PLAYER____ _TM_ B/T ASG _AB_ _AVG_ _R_ _HR_ _RBI_ _SB_
3B Adrian Beltre TEX R/R 2 328 .265 47 14 61 0
SS Asdrubal Cabrera CLE S/R 1 333 .294 53 14 49 12
1B Miguel Cabrera DET R/R 6 286 .329 60 17 56 1
OF Michael Cuddyer MIN R/R 1 283 .286 36 11 32 7
OF Jacoby Ellsbury BOS L/L 1 327 .300 57 9 40 25
OF Matt Joyce T.B. L/R 1 248 .302 43 11 40 4
2B Howie Kendrick LAA R/R 1 274 .307 40 8 26 8
C Russell Martin NYY R/R 3 211 .223 26 10 34 7
OF Carlos Quentin CWS R/R 2 277 .253 36 17 49 1
C Matt Wieters BAL S/R 1 252 .262 28 7 33 0
INF Michael Young TEX R/R 7 329 .313 36 7 54 4

AL Pitchers

POS ____PLAYER____ _TM_ B/T ASG __IP__ _W-L_ _SV_ _ERA_ _SO_ _BB_
SP Josh Beckett BOS R/R 3 98.0 6-3 0 2.20 80 31
RP Aaron Crow K.C. R/R 1 39.2 2-1 0 1.36 39 17
SP Gio Gonzalez OAK R/L 1 102.0 7-5 0 2.38 99 46
SP Felix Hernandez SEA R/R 2 129.0 8-7 0 3.35 124 42
RP Brandon League SEA R/R 1 33.2 0-4 21 3.48 21 5
RP Chris Perez CLE R/R 1 30.1 2-3 19 2.37 20 15
SP David Price T.B. L/L 2 118.0 8-6 0 3.43 116 22
RP Mariano Rivera NYY R/R 12 32.0 1-1 21 1.69 27 4
SP James Shields T.B. R/R 1 128.2 8-5 0 2.45 127 30
RP Jose Valverde DET R/R 3 35.0 2-3 19 3.09 34 19
SP Justin Verlander DET R/R 4 135.2 11-3 0 2.32 130 29
SP Jered Weaver LAA R/R 2 131.1 10-4 0 1.92 114 30
SP C.J. Wilson TEX L/L 1 117.2 8-3 0 3.14 100 38

NL Starters

POS ____PLAYER____ _TM_ B/T ASG _AB_ _AVG_ _R_ _HR_ _RBI_ _SB_
C Brian McCann ATL L/R 6 267 .311 29 14 47 2
1B Prince Fielder MIL L/R 3 294 .299 49 21 69 0
2B Rickie Weeks MIL R/R 1 337 .276 59 14 33 7
3B Placido Polanco PHI R/R 2 314 .280 34 4 39 3
SS Jose Reyes NYM B/R 4 350 .354 65 3 32 30
OF Ryan Braun MIL R/R 4 306 .320 57 16 62 19
OF Lance Berkman STL B/L 6 246 .297 50 21 59 0
OF Matt Kemp LAD R/R 1 300 .327 52 22 64 22

NL Reserves

POS ____PLAYER____ _TM_ B/T ASG _AB_ _AVG_ _R_ _HR_ _RBI_ _SB_
OF Jay Bruce CIN L/L 1 307 .267 47 18 51 6
OF Carlos Beltran NYM B/R 6 295 .281 43 12 54 3
SS Starlin Castro CHC R/R 1 349 .309 45 2 37 10
OF Matt Holliday STL R/R 5 209 .321 39 10 40 0
3B Chipper Jones ATL B/R 7 269 .257 30 7 44 1
C Yadier Molina STL R/R 3 254 .283 25 4 30 1
OF Hunter Pence HOU R/R 2 322 .323 38 10 57 4
2B Brandon Phillips CIN R/R 2 328 .296 52 8 45 4
1B Gaby Sanchez FLA R/R 1 315 .292 40 13 46 1
SS Troy Tulowitzki COL R/R 2 319 .273 44 17 57 6
1B Joey Votto CIN L/R 2 307 .316 55 12 51 6
OF Justin Upton ARI R/R 2 316 .297 48 13 43 14

NL Pitchers

POS ____PLAYER____ _TM_ B/T ASG __IP__ _W-L_ _SV_ _ERA_ _SO_ _BB_
RP Heath Bell S.D. R/R 3 35.0 2-3 24 2.31 26 12
SP Matt Cain S.F. R/R 2 113.1 7-4 0 3.02 95 29
RP Tyler Clippard WAS R/R 1 46.0 1-0 0 1.96 57 15
SP Cole Hamels PHI L/L 2 110.0 9-4 0 2.41 110 21
SP Roy Halladay PHI R/R 8 136.1 11-3 0 2.44 131 17
RP Joel Hanrahan PIT R/R 1 38.1 0-1 24 1.41 33 8
SP Jair Jurrjens ATL R/R 1 104.2 11-3 0 1.89 63 23
SP Clayton Kershaw LAD L/L 1 122.2 8-4 0 3.23 138 33
SP Cliff Lee PHI L/L 3 122.0 9-5 0 2.66 119 27
SP Tim Lincecum S.F. L/R 4 112.1 6-6 0 3.04 122 40
RP Jonny Venters ATL L/L 1 51.0 4-1 3 1.59 54 18
SP Ryan Vogelsong S.F. R/R 1 77.2 6-1 0 2.09 63 23
RP Brian Wilson S.F. R/R 3 38.2 6-1 24 3.03 36 22

Take your pick: AL edition

Five players in each league -- including Detroit's Victor Martinez -- are competing for the final All-Star spots. You can vote until Thursday at mlb.com. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford breaks down the candidates in the American League:

Alex Gordon

Outfield, Royals

Gordon, a former No. 2 pick who appeared to be a draft bust entering this season, has bounced back with a solid campaign, hitting .301 with 10 homers.

Adam Jones

Outfield, Orioles

Jones is having a solid season at the plate (.288, 13 HRs), but his real value comes with the glove; he'd be an ideal late defensive sub for the AL squad.

Paul Konerko

1st base, White Sox

Why did Konerko -- who's in the top 10 in almost every offensive category -- get snubbed when teammate Carlos Quentin got an All-Star nod? No idea.

Victor Martinez

C/DH, Tigers

Martinez, in his first year in Detroit, just continues to mash. He's hitting .335 with six homers despite spending two weeks on the disabled list.

Ben Zobrist

Infield, Rays

Zobrist does a little bit of everything for the Rays; he's played at least 10 games at six different positions in Tampa Bay in his career.


Take your pick: NL edition

Five players in each league are competing for the final All-Star spots. You can vote until Thursday at mlb.com. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford breaks down the candidates in the National League:

Michael Morse


1B, Nationals

Morse started slow, with just one homer in April; since then, he's hit 14 homers in 180 at-bats, with a .333 average in that span.

Shane Victorino

OF, Phillies

Victorino has a great combination of power (9 HRs) and speed (13 SBs) while playing a sharp center; he's won the past three Gold Gloves.

Andre Ethier

OF, Dodgers

Ethier hasn't cooled much since his 30-game hitting streak ended on May 7; he's hit .290 in the 50 games since then.

Todd Helton

1B, Rockies

Helton's seemingly found a fountain of youth: the 37-year-old has already topped his 2009 totals in homers and RBIs.

Ian Kennedy

SP, D'backs

Kennedy, who was dealt from the Yankees to Arizona in the three-team Curtis Granderson deal, has quietly become the D'backs' ace.


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT   Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:06 am



Peralta thrilled with first All-Star selection
By Adam Holt / MLB.com | 07/09/11 1:30 AM ET

KANSAS CITY -- When Tigers manager Jim Leyland went to tell Jhonny Peralta he'd been named to his first All-Star Game during the eighth inning of Friday's 6-4 win over the Royals, there was just one problem: Peralta was missing.

The shortstop was in the batting cages down inside the dugout taking practice swings. When Leyland finally found him and delivered the good news, Peralta's response was just three words: "I'll be there."

With Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter pulling out of the Midsummer Classic on Friday, American League manager Ron Washington named Peralta as Jeter's replacement, making him the fifth Tiger named an All-Star this season.

"A lot of the guys said congratulations, every coach," an excited Peralta said. "My family called me from the Dominican, said congratulations."

Peralta went an All-Star-like 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Friday's win -- raising his average to .313 with a .364 on-base percentage and .533 slugging percentage. He's second on the team with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs, and very deserving, according to Leyland.

"There's no question about that," Leyland said. "He's an All-Star player this year, there's no question about it. He deserves to go, he should have been on, but we understand how the thing goes. Nobody's complaining about that. I'm sure he's very tickled, very thrilled. I'm thrilled for him."

Peralta joins first baseman Miguel Cabrera, closer Jose Valverde, starter Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila -- who's the AL's starting catcher -- on this year's All-Star squad.

"It's awesome. He deserves it for sure," Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello said. "He's been hitting the cover off the ball and playing great defense."

Peralta is enjoying his best season since 2005, when he hit .292 with 24 home runs and an .885 on-base-plus-slugging for Cleveland. He also leads all AL shortstops in batting average and OPS, and is tied with Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera for most home runs.

Peralta will join Cabrera, the man who replaced him as the Indians' shortstop, in Phoenix. Cleveland traded Peralta, who had spent his whole career with the Indians, to the Tigers late last July, and he re-signed with Detroit in the offseason.

"I think the Detroit Tigers are a lucky team for me," Peralta joked.

Leyland was happy Washington chose Peralta over his own shortstop, Texas' Elvis Andrus, who is hitting .280 with 26 stolen bases.

"I give Ron credit. That is a tough call," Leyland said. "He made the call that he felt he should and that's what you have to do. I give him credit for that."

While Peralta was looking forward to spending time with his family in the Dominican Republic, his first All-Star Game is a nice consolation. He said he might be able to get his brother or mother out to Arizona for the game, but wasn't sure if it would work out.

"I don't know yet," he said with a smile. "It's too quick."


Adam Holt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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