New York, NY (AP) - Texas Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano continues to lead all American League vote-getters in balloting for the 2004 All-Star
Game, while Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees moved into the third starting outfielder spot. Soriano has received 1,413,944 votes for the event
to be played on Tuesday July 13 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, almost a million votes more than Boston's Pokey Reese, who is in second place for the
The closest race for a starting nod in the American League is at shortstop, where New York's Derek Jeter increased his lead over the Red Sox' Nomar
Garciaparra from around 9,000 votes to more than 100,000 votes since last week. Jeter has accumulated 797,721 votes to Garciaparra's 696,497.
Sheffield overtook Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon for the final starting spot in the outfield, and now leads Damon by nearly 80,000 votes.
Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero still ranks as the highest vote-getter among AL outfielders with almost 100,000 more ballots cast in his favor over
another Boston staple, slugger Manny Ramirez.
The high-powered Yankees have two other players leading at their respective positions -- first baseman Jason Giambi (748,011) and third baseman Alex
Rodriguez (1,141,827), who was traded for Soriano in the offseason.
Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez tops all AL backstops, holding a lead of more than 267,000 votes over New York's Jorge Posada, last year's
starter behind the plate.
The next AL balloting results will be released on Tuesday, June 22.