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Ellsbury still 8th in ASG voting

by: MIKE IVINS/BOSTON RED SOX - Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has stalled in the the MLB All-Star Game voting for American League outfielders, and is still in eighth place, trailing Baltimore's Nate McLouth by more than 400,000 votes.Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury still needs help from the fans in order to secure a spot in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Ellsbury stills sits in eighth place as of July 1, the same spot he was in last week, with roughly 1.75 million votes. He's well off the pace of leaders Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4.82 million), Baltimore's Adam Jones (4.76 million) and Toronto's Jose Bautista (2.7 million).

As of July 1, Ellsbury leads the majors with 32 stolen bases, and has been caught just three times. He is inching his batting average close to the magic .300 mark, hitting .296 with 98 hits in 77 games played. He is second in the majors with seven triples, and has an on-base percentage of .361

While it looks like Trout and Jones are shoo-ins for starting spots on the American League team, Bautista has plenty of company to challenge him for the final starting position. Baltimore's Nick Markakis has 2.54 million votes, while Detroit's Torii Hunter is within striking distance with 2.4 million.

Fans can still submit a full ballot, with Ellsbury checked off of course, up to 25 times online at the website, www.mlb.com. Fans can earn a bonus of 10 more submissions when they make an account with mlb.com, for a total of 35 ballot submissions.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera is leading all players in votes with 5.84 million, but the surprising Chris Davis of Baltimore, with a league-leading 31 home runs, is second in voting with 5.47 million.

Voting ends July 4, and the game will be held July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, in Flushing, N.Y.

Even if Ellsbury doesn't make it into the top three in outfield voting, which doesn’t seem likely, he can still make the team as a reserve.

He could also be included in the MLB Final Vote, which will determine who is the last player to make the roster, on July 11.




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