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Ellsbury all-star chances fading

Heading into the final week of voting for the 2014 Major League All-Star, Madras native Jacoby Ellsbury is on the outside looking in. At least as being a starter.

The New York Yankees’ centerfielder is seventh in voting for American League outfielders, trailing Toronto’s Melky Cabrera by more than 410,000 votes for the third spot on the AL team. Jose Bautista, also of Toronto, and the Angels Mike Trout have the top two spots locked up as each has more than 3 million votes.

As of June 30, the top six in AL voting included Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland (1,511,838), Baltimore’s Adam Jones (1,490,000) and Cleveland’s Michael Brantley (1,284,901).

Six outfielders are usually selected for the team.

While fans select the outfield starters, reserves are selected via a vote of players with input from team manager, in this case Ellsbury’s former manager, John Farrell, of the Red Sox.

Jacoby EllsburyEllsbury, in his first season with the Yankees, had 1,264.746 votes heading into the final week of voting. Polls for the July 15 game, at Target Field in Minneapolis, close July 3. Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PDT.

Ellsbury has been voted to the AL All-Star team once in his first seven years in the major league, that coming in his outstanding 2011 season when he played in Boston.

The 2014 AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6.

Ellsbury could also be voted in by the 34th Man fan vote, when fans pick one more all star to each team. That starts after the selection show.




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