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Teixeira in fight for starting All-Star spot

Teixeira in fight for starting All-Star spot

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira needs a boost from his online fan base to catch up to Kevin Youkilis, as the Yankees and Red Sox first basemen continue to jockey for position in the race to the 2009 All-Star Game, hosted by St. Louis' Busch Stadium on July 14.

The American League standouts have pushed back and forth with the backing of their franchise's supporters, and at this check point, Teixeira has watched Youkilis push ahead as both players bid for their second All-Star Game start at first base.

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Teixeira's early slumps have been long-forgotten and the $180 million addition has wowed New York onlookers with a blend of solid plate mechanics, hustle on the basepaths and outstandingly crisp defensive play.

Derek Jeter, meanwhile, continues to lead all AL shortstops in voting, remaining well ahead of Jason Bartlett of the Rays and rookie Elvis Andrus of the Rangers. Jeter is the AL's top vote-getter with more than 2.5 million votes.

In-stadium voting has ended, but fans can still vote online for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Pepsi on TBS on Sunday. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote at MLB.com.

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 2009 All-Star Game Sprint MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game 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.

Alex Rodriguez, who has shown signs of snapping out of his June swoon, continues to rank second in third-base voting behind Evan Longoria of the Rays. Because Rodriguez missed over a month of the season following hip surgery and has slumped for much of the month, fan balloting is likely his only potential ticket to a 13th career All-Star Game.

Other Yankees with a chance include Robinson Cano, who ranks third among second basemen; Jorge Posada, who fell to third among catchers; and Johnny Damon, who ranks seventh among all outfielders.

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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