Teixeira regains lead in All-Star race
Once again edges Youkilis; Jeter still at top for shortstops
NEW YORK -- In a race almost certain to go down to the wire, Mark Teixeira once again leads Boston's Kevin Youkilis in voting for first basemen for the 2009 All-Star Game.
A week ago, Youkilis led Teixeira by a miniscule 1,315 votes. Now, in the latest ballot update announced Monday, Teixeira has jumped ahead by 35,632 votes -- with a total of 1,561,292 -- as both bid for their second All-Star Game start at first base.
Teixeira, whose once-frenetic homer pace has slowed in recent weeks, still leads the Yankees in home runs and RBIs, and is now flirting with a .300 average after hitting merely .200 in April.
Derek Jeter, meanwhile, continues to lead all AL shortstops in voting, remaining well ahead of Jason Bartlett of the Rays and rookie Elvis Andrus of the Rangers. Jeter is the AL's top vote-getter with more than 2.5 million votes.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.
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 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.
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.
Alex Rodriguez, who sat out two games last weekend with fatigue, ranks second in third base voting behind Evan Longoria of the Rays. But because Rodriguez missed over a month of the season following hip surgery and has slumped for much of June, fan balloting is likely his only potential ticket to a 13th career All-Star Game.
Other Yankees with a chance include Robinson Cano, who ranks third among second basemen; Jorge Posada, who is second among catchers; and Johnny Damon, who ranks seventh among all outfielders.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.