Major League Baseball released their fourth installment of updated All-Star ballot tallying. There have been some very interesting developments…..

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Twins catcher, Joe Mauer still leads overall American League voting with 2.6 million votes. Yankee captain, Derek Jeter, is in second place overall, trailing Mauer by 500,000 votes. Second baseman Robinson Cano (1.78 M), designated hitter, Vladimir Guerrero (1.74 M) and Rays third baseman, Evan Longoria (1.95 M) are comfortably in first place at their respective positions by at least 700,000 votes. The most interesting races are taking place at first base and in the outfield.

Currently, Twins first baseman, Justin Morneau (1.402 M) has a slight lead over Mark Teixeira (1.22 M) and Tigers first baseman, Miguel Cabrera (1 M). At this point in the season, either Morneau (.350, 13 HRs, 43 RBIs) or Cabrera (.330, 19 HRs, 56 RBIs) deserves the nod at first base. With World Series home field advantage on the line, Teixeira (.229, 9 HRs, 37 RBIs) does not deserve to start.

In the outfield, Mariners right fielder, Ichiro Suzuki is in the lead with 1.2 M votes. Rays left fielder, Carl Crawford, is second with 1.1 M votes. After those two players, things become very interesting.

Injured Ranger outfielder, Nelson Cruz is in third place with 1.093 M votes. Surging team mate, Josh Hamilton, who has started two straight All-Star games, has 1.006 M votes. Yankee outfielders, Nick Swisher (808 K) and Curtis Granderson (766 K) still have a chance of starting the game. My man Swish (.299, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs) definitely deserves consideration. Vote the Hawk in!

Cruz has been dealing with a strained left hamstring for the last month, so expect one of the three trailing players to overtake him.

Other Yankees of note: Alex Rodriguez (2nd, 1.29 M); Jorge Posada (2nd, 808 K)

My projected lineup:
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Evan Longoria, 3B
6. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Josh Hamilton*, CF
9. Carl Crawford, LF

Do you agree with the current standings?