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Red Sox' Ortiz leads AL All-Star voting

June 14, 2005 at 1:27 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 14 (UPI) -- Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz continues to lead all American League players in All-Star balloting, pulling in more than 1.3 million votes.

The designated hitter has an overall lead of more than 167,000 votes over the next-highest vote-getter, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Two of Ortiz's teammates -- catcher Jason Varitek and outfielder Manny Ramirez -- are the leading vote-getters at their position.

The biggest surprise in AL balloting continues to be Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez, who has a 133,000-vote lead over Texas slugger Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira is hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI this season. Martinez has a .230 average, 12 home runs and 32 RBI.

Other leading vote-getters include outfielders Vladimir Guerrero of Anaheim and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, as well as the Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada and second baseman Brian Roberts.

All-Star paper ballots are available at all Major League Baseball games, and online ballots are available at MLB.com. The leading vote getters at each position earn starting slots at this year's All-Star Game July 12 in Detroit.

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