Kinsler eyeing first All-Star Game start
Rangers slugger leads early ballot for AL second basemen
ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler made the American League All-Star team as a reserve last year. This season he has a chance to make it as a starter.
Kinsler is in first place in the first update of the fans' balloting for the All-Star Game, which will be held July 14 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Kinsler is ahead of Dustin Pedroia, who was the AL Most Valuable Player last year. Kinsler, who was voted onto the team in the players' balloting, was 1-for-5 with a stolen base while playing 10 innings in the AL's 4-3 victory in 15 innings at Yankee Stadium last year.Michael Young, who has been selected to participate in five straight All-Star Games, is second in the fans' voting at third base behind Evan Longoria of the Rays and ahead of Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees. Young drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly last year and was the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 All-Star Game, when he hit a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the ninth inning off Trevor Hoffman to give the AL a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh. Josh Hamilton, who started last year and stole the show in the Home Run Derby, is second in the outfield behind Jason Bay of the Red Sox and ahead of Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2009 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on July 5. 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. 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. Also for the Rangers, Elvis Andrus is third in the fans' voting at shortstop, Chris Davis is fifth at first base and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is fifth among catchers. In the outfield, Nelson Cruz is seventh and David Murphy is 15th.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.