6/16/2014 9:12 P.M. ET
Miggy leading on ASG ballot, but Kinsler needs help
By Matt Slovin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera remains the only Tiger in position to start the 2014 All-Star Game, according to Monday's balloting update.
Cabrera is ahead of White Sox rookie Jose Abreu by approximately 900,000 votes at first base.
But Ian Kinsler continues to lose ground on Seattle's Robinson Cano in the race for second base. Since the last balloting update, Cano's lead has nearly doubled to 395,707.
At designated hitter, the votes are largely spread between Baltimore's Nelson Cruz, Boston's David Ortiz, Detroit's Victor Martinez and Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, who are in first- through fourth-place, respectively.
It will take a late rally for Martinez, whose statistics put him among the best hitters in the AL, to overcome Cruz, whom he trails by nearly 700,000 votes.
Torii Hunter, who is trying to get back to Minneapolis, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his career, ranks ninth among AL outfielders. He is about 600,000 votes away from the top three, which consists of Toronto's Jose Bautista, Los Angeles' Mike Trout and Melky Cabrera, also of the Blue Jays.
Two more balloting updates remain over the next two weeks before the starters are finalized.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.