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Cano a close second in All-Star vote

Cano a close second in All-Star vote

Cano a close second in All-Star vote
NEW YORK -- Some players may claim that they don't pay all that much attention to the All-Star voting updates, but the Yankees' Robinson Cano is definitely not one of them.

Cano is aware of his standing as he hopes to represent the American League as its starting second baseman, and it just so happens that Cano needs a push. He is trailing the Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the AL's closest race, according to figures released on Monday by Major League Baseball.

"I'll be happy if I make it there," Cano said. "I'm in second, so who knows? We'll see what happens."

Cano, who has tallied 2,565,046 votes, has started each of the previous two Midsummer Classics and is also the AL's captain for the State Farm Home Run Derby. He trails Kinsler (2,580,306) by just over 15,000 total votes.

Meanwhile, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is building on a healthy lead to earn a starting nod. Jeter has 3,359,875 votes, second in the AL only to Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton (5,414,880), and is well ahead of Texas' Elvis Andrus (2,008,678) among shortstops.

Curtis Granderson's 2,818,535 votes are second among AL outfielders behind Hamilton's total, as he is also in line for a start. Jeter is looking for his 13th All-Star selection at the July 10 Midsummer Classic, to take place at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, while Granderson is hoping for his third All-Star appearance and second consecutive fan-elected start.

The Yankees have been well represented on other tallied ballots thus far. Mark Teixeira (1,405,187) ranks third among AL first basemen, behind the Tigers' Prince Fielder (1,946,045) and the White Sox's Paul Konerko (1,680,793).

Designated hitter Raul Ibanez (1,080,421) is third among AL DHs, with the Red Sox's David Ortiz (2,390,132) pacing the way. Alex Rodriguez (1,312,968) is fourth among AL third basemen, with the Rangers' Adrian Beltre (2,251,304) leading.

Russell Martin (867,495) has slipped to fifth among AL catchers, with Texas' Mike Napoli (2,239,047) in the lead.

The AL outfield leaders are comprised of Hamilton, Granderson and the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (1,996,940). Nick Swisher (1,177,500) and Brett Gardner (818,164) are seventh and ninth, respectively, in the AL.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby.

The 2012 Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- 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 9. The 2012 AL and NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official 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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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