Bautista climbs in AL All-Star vote
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis are engaged in an extremely close race for one of the American League's starting outfield spots with four days remaining in voting for the 2013 All-Star Game.
Bautista has nudged ahead of Markakis for third place in the AL outfield, with just over 142,000 votes separating the two. The Toronto slugger has collected 2,679,230 votes, with Markakis tallying 2,536,864 and both Detroit's Torii Hunter (2,390,336) and Texas' Nelson Cruz (2,258,797) not far behind.
The Angels' Mike Trout (4,822,983) and Baltimore's Adam Jones (4,766,256) are comfortably in position to claim the other two outfield positions.
The next closest race in the AL lies at shortstop, where the Orioles' J.J. Hardy (3,509,180) stands a little over a million votes in front of the Tigers' Jhonny Peralta (2,505,348). The New York Yankees' Robinson Cano and Minnesota's Joe Mauer hold similar margins at second base and catcher, respectively, with Cano (3,974,322) attempting to hold off Boston's Dustin Pedroia (2,838,129) and Mauer challenged by Baltimore's Matt Wieters (2,677,959).
Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera continues to lead all AL vote-getters, with the reigning league MVP and Triple Crown winner named on 5,844,165 ballots to stay ahead of Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (5,468,703).
Cabrera and Davis both own large advantages at their positions, as does Boston designated hitter David Ortiz (4,398,197).
Voting will conclude Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (ET), with the teams for the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York to be unveiled Saturday.
07/01 12:36:19 ET