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Ortiz lined up as All-Star; Pedroia trails

7/1/2013

With All-Star voting closing at midnight Thursday, David Ortiz seems assured of winning a starting spot as designated hitter.

Ortiz leads the Rangers' Lance Berkman, 4,398,197 to 2,004,388, in balloting.

Dustin Pedroia is the only other Red Sox player with a realistic shot of starting, but he trails the Yankees' Robinson Cano by 1.1 million votes (3,974,322 to 2,838,129).

Based on the Wins Above Replacement metric, Pedroia should get the nod at second base. Pedroia leads AL second basemen with a WAR of 4.3, which Cleveland's Jason Kipnis second at 3.6 and Cano third at 3.1.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Pedroia's advantage comes on defense, where statistically he has saved 11 runs. Cano grades out as a negative defender.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING

(as of July 1)

CATCHER

Joe Mauer, Twins: 3,869,330

Matt Wieters, Orioles: 2,677,959

A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers: 1,441,827

Carlos Santana, Indians: 1,285,650

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox: 1,256,505

FIRST BASE

Chris Davis, Orioles: 5,468,703

Prince Fielder, Tigers: 3,280,681

Albert Pujols, Angels: 1,140,420

Mike Napoli, Red Sox: 1,123,281

Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 1,007,675

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, Yankees: 3,974,322

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 2,838,129

Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1,767,806

Omar Infante, Tigers: 1,554,514

Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,227,462

THIRD BASE

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 5,844,165

Manny Machado, Orioles: 2,752,627

Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 1,792,809

Evan Longoria, Rays: 1,528,877

Josh Donaldson, Athletics: 827,381

SHORTSTOP

J.J. Hardy, Orioles: 3,509,180

Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 2,505,348

Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2,122,770

Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 1,491,376

Jose Reyes, Blue Jays: 1,091,707

DESIGNATED HITTER

David Ortiz, Red Sox: 4,398,197

Lance Berkman, Rangers: 2,004,388

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 1,688,099

Victor Martinez, Tigers: 1,257,577

Mark Trumbo, Angels: 1,190,709

OUTFIELD

Mike Trout, Angels: 4,822,983

Adam Jones, Orioles: 4,766,256

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 2,679,230

Nick Markakis, Orioles: 2,536,864

Torii Hunter, Tigers: 2,390,336

Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 2,258,797

Nate McLouth, Orioles: 2,169,772

Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 1,751,022

Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics: 1,556,700

Coco Crisp, Athletics: 1,421,277

Alex Gordon, Royals: 1,416,887

Austin Jackson, Tigers: 1,306,330

Josh Hamilton, Angels: 1,138,518

Shane Victorino, Red Sox: 1,059,429

Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees: 1,003,198