6/30/2014 8:29 P.M. ET
Miggy leading, Kinsler needs boost in ASG voting
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
DETROIT -- While the gap increased for Miguel Cabrera on his way to his second consecutive All-Star voting victory, the gap also opened on Ian Kinsler behind Robinson Cano at second base, as well as Victor Martinez behind Nelson Cruz and David Ortiz at designated hitter.
All three races headed into the final days of All-Star balloting online at MLB.com, which ends Thursday evening at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Cabrera, looking to become just the fifth Tiger to be voted into the American League All-Star lineup multiple times, now has about 1.5 million votes more than his closest competitor at first base, White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu. Ivan Rodriguez was the most recent Tiger elected multiple times, voted as the starting catcher three times in a four-year span from 2004-07. Lance Parrish and Lou Whitaker were both voted in three years in a row from 1984-86, while Bill Freehan was voted the starting catcher in 1970 and '72.
Kinsler's gap widened from nearly 670,000 last week to more than 871,000 votes in the most recent update, despite a solid road trip in Texas that included a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday against the Astros.
Martinez sits just 120,000 votes behind Ortiz in balloting at DH, but both are about a million votes behind Cruz. At this point, the more realistic race could be which of the two earns a spot on the AL All-Star team as a reserve. Martinez entered this week batting .323, 80 points above Ortiz, with an OPS advantage of 137 points.
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 through Thursday. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
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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 Gillette 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. on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN, 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.
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