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Yankees and the All-Star Game

Next month's All-Star Game in Anaheim will undoubtedly have a Yankees flavor to it. The Yankees should have at least two starters in the game (Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter). Plus, starters Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte, and reliever Mariano Rivera are in contention to be added to the roster.

First base
Leader:
Justin Morneau (Minnesota) -- 1,402,496
Second: Mark Teixeira (Yankees) -- 1,221,457
Comment: Teixeira is closing the gap on Morneau. Morneau (with a .350 avg, 13 HR and 43 RBI) is the more deserving starter.

Second base
Leader:
Robinson Cano (Yankees) -- 1,784,896
Second: Dustin Pedroia (Boston) -- 983,716
Comment: Cano (.371, 13, 47) is the best second baseman in the AL and has been the Yankees' best hitter this season.

Third base
Leader:
Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay) -- 1,958,855
Second: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) -- 1,271,831
Comment: A-Rod's home runs (8) are down, but his RBI (43) and average (.299) are pretty strong. We'll see if he gets a reserve spot on the team.

Shortstop
Leader:
Derek Jeter (Yankees) -- 2,108,659
Second: Elvis Andrus (Texas) -- 999,455
Comment: Jeter has been strong (8, 39, .293) this season. An All-Star spot is much deserved for Jeter.

Catcher
Leader:
Joe Mauer (Minnesota) -- 2,617,822
Second: Jorge Posada (Yankees) -- 822,865
Comment: Mauer will likely end up being the leading vote getter in the American League.

Designated hitter
Leader:
Vladimir Guerrero (Texas) -- 1,743,946
Second: Hideki Matsui (L.A. Angels) -- 825,752
Comment: Guerrero, who some thought was on the downside of his career, is putting together a spectacular season -- .338, 14, 54.

Outfield
Leaders:
Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle) -- 1,231,950; Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay) -- 1,123,132; Nelson Cruz (Texas) -- 1,093,099.
Next: Josh Hamilton (Texas) -- 1,006,364
Yankees in the voting: Nick Swisher (fifth overall) -- 808,871; Curtis Granderson (sixth overall) -- 766,088; Brett Gardner (eighth overall) -- 743,795.
Comment: The interesting battle with be for the third spot. Hamilton has the better numbers this season -- .309, 15, 46.

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