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As the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox prepare to meet tonight at Fenway Park, New York first baseman Mark Teixeira has overtaken Boston’s Kevin Youkilis in the latest American League All-Star balloting update, but only 1,209 votes make up the difference in a remarkably tight contest that will determine the starter in the 2009 All-Star Game, to be played on July 14th at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
After a stellar month of May, Teixeira (.286, 18 HR, 51 RBI) has now garnered 833,960 votes, slipping past the 832,751 cast for his new American League East rival Youkilis (.349, 9 HR, 35 RBI), who was the A.L.’s starting first baseman in the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Teixeira ranked third at first base in the first week of balloting and was second last week. Like Youkilis, Teixeira has started one All-Star Game before (2005).
The contest for the overall leading vote-getter is still being waged on the left side of the infield, as Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (.316, 13 HR, 55 RBI) holds the overall A.L. lead in his first year on the ballot with 1,560,358 votes. Nine-time All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter (.306, 8 HR, 26 RBI) of the Yankees follows Longoria with 1,511,418 votes. Behind the dish, Minnesota Twins two-time A.L. All-Star Joe Mauer (.413, 12 HR, 35 RBI) has extended his advantage with 1,255,206 votes, ranking third among all A.L. players. Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (.274, 15 HR, 44 RBI, 11 SB), vying for his first All-Star Game start, has collected 1,173,494 votes, in front of last year’s starter, 2008 A.L. Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia (923,416) of the Red Sox.
In the outfield, two-time All-Star Jason Bay (.277, 16 HR, 55 RBI) of the Red Sox remains ahead with 1,101,649 votes, followed by Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton (.240, 6 HR, 24 RBI), a 2008 A.L. All-Star who has accumulated 989,710 votes. Eight-time A.L. All-Star Ichiro Suzuki (.356, 5 HR, 17 RBI), has padded his lead for the third spot with 794,104 votes, but the climbing Carl Crawford (698,470) of the Rays, Torii Hunter (660,078) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Ichiro’s Mariners teammate, 13-time All-Star Ken Griffey, Jr. (654,253), are among several outfielders who remain in the thick of contention.
The 2009 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 5th on the 2009 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS.