Teixeira gains in ASG voting after big week

Teixeira gains in ASG voting after big week

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira's recent hot streak at the plate against some potential All-Stars looks like it may be carrying over to the polls.

After slugging home runs off of Roy Halladay, Mike Pelfrey and Johan Santana this week, Teixeira is creeping up on Minnesota's Justin Morneau in the race to be the American League's starting first baseman in the All-Star Game on July 13 in Anaheim. Teixeira trails Morneau by fewer than 250,000 votes in by far the closest battle for a starting nod in the AL infield. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera is right on Teixeira's heels in third, 325,000 votes behind Morneau.

If Teixeira can forge a late push to overcome Morneau and make his second consecutive and third career start at first base for the AL, the Yankees will likely have three-fourths of the starting infield. Second baseman Robinson Cano and shortstop Derek Jeter continue to lead at their respective positions by seemingly insurmountable margins. Cano, the AL's leading hitter, is more than one million votes clear of Dustin Pedroia, while Jeter is the AL's second-highest vote-getter with more than 2.6 million votes. That's more than twice as many as his closest pursuer, Rangers youngster Elvis Andrus.

Cano is looking to make his first appearance in the All-Star Game. He was voted as a starter in 2006 in Pittsburgh, but missed the game with a hamstring injury. Jeter has started six All-Star Games and appeared in 10 during his illustrious career. That includes taking home the MVP trophy of the 2000 Midsummer Classic in Atlanta.

There is still a chance the Bombers can sneak a few other players into the starting lineup for manager Joe Girardi. Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson sit in fifth and sixth in outfield voting, each trailing Josh Hamilton, who's in third place, by roughly 450,000 votes. Brett Gardner is eighth among AL outfielders, 500,000 votes behind Hamilton for the last starting spot. Among the three Yankees outfielders, only Granderson has appeared in an All-Star Game before. That came last year, when he scored the winning run to extend the AL's unbeaten streak to 13 games against the NL.

Jorge Posada's quest to make his third start in the Midsummer Classic and first since 2003 will likely fall short, as the veteran is more than two million votes in arrears of Joe Mauer, the AL's leading vote-getter.

The Yankees have had at least one position player start the All-Star Game each year since 2002.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game, to be played in Anaheim on July 13, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.