Ellsbury needs big push to start ASG

Fans can help secure former Madras standout spot with voting


At last count, Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was well off the pace to start in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, held July 16 at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y.

As of June 22, Ellsbury was in eighth-place in the outfield voting for the American League with 1,289,195 votes. The top three outfield vote-getters will start the Mid-Summer Classic.

He moved up a spot from last week, surpassing Kansas City star by: MIKE IVINS/BOSTON RED SOX - Jacoby EllsburyAlex Gordon, but he’s still has quite a way to go if he is to start the All-Star Game.

He can still be picked as a reserve, or make the team in the Final Vote, which will be held July 6-11 and determines the last player to make the roster.

So far this year, Ellsbury is having an all-star caliber year. He leads the majors in stolen bases with 32, and is hitting .289 with 88 hits in 71 games.

He leads the American League with seven triples has an on-base percentage of .353.

In the latest count, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles held a relatively slim advantage over Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the top spot. Jones had 3,571,693 votes at last count, while Trout’s total was 3,548,195.

The battle for the third, and final, starting position in the game will go down to the wire. Nick Markakis of Baltimore has the lead, but not by much. Markakis leads Toronto’s Jose Bautista by less than 100,000 votes – 1,915,860 to 1,867,367.

Voting for the ASG can be done on the website, HYPERLINK "http://www.mlb.com" www.mlb.com. Anyone with an account, which is free to set up, on the website can vote up to 25 times. For a limited time, fans can also get 10 more votes as a bonus so they can make up to 35 ballots.

Ellsbury and the Red Sox will be making a trip to Seattle, the closest the team will be to Madras all season, right before the all-star break. They will be at Safeco Field on July 8-11 for a four-game series.

From Seattle, they will go to Oakland for a three-game set, then will pick up play July 19 at home against the New York Yankees after the all-star break.




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