Not only did Magglio Ordonez of the Detroit Tigers leap ahead of Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners in the latest voting to start in the American League outfield for the July 10 All-Star Game at AT&T Park, but Manny Ramirez has been bumped from the top three.
Ordonez received a half-million votes in the past week to leap from No. 4 andnot starting to No. 2 among outfielders and almost a lock with voting ending Thursday. Ordonez, Suzuki and Ramirez are separated by just 59,377 votes with less than 48 hours remaining to cast ballots online.
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is a lock to finish with the most votes of any player — American or National League — for the first time in his career. He will be an All-Star for the 11th time since breaking into the majors in 1994 (he began playing full-time for Seattle in 1996).
Sunday, starters and the rest of the 31-player rosters for each team will be announced on the selection show on TBS at 1 p.m. Fans will be able to vote for the 32nd and final roster spot immediately after the show on www.allstargame.com.
NOTABLE MOMENTS IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
1963: NL 5, AL 3
Cardinals man every infield starting position (including Julian Javier) for the first time in history.
1997: AL 3, NL 1
Sandy Alomar Jr. drills a two-out, two-run homer off the Giants’ Shawn Estes in the seventh inning.