A-Rod, Tino lead Yanks' All-Star charge
Bombers rank among leaders at nine positions on ballot
All-Star voting still is just hitting its stride, but the Yankees are already challenging to send representatives to Detroit at several positions for the July 12 Midsummer Classic.
All nine Yankees on the ballot rank among the leaders at their respective positions in balloting, including third baseman Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Tino Martinez, who are the leading vote-getters at their respective positions.
Rodriguez, an eight-time All-Star, leads Boston's Bill Mueller, Seattle's Adrian Beltre, Baltimore's Melvin Mora and Texas' Hank Blalock at the hot corner with 613,218 votes, while Martinez (347,501 votes) will try to hold off Boston's Kevin Millar, Chicago's Paul Konerko, Texas' Mark Teixeira and Seattle's Richie Sexson, who round out the top five. Martinez was a member of the AL All-Star team in 1995 and '97.
Derek Jeter, who was elected to start at shortstop for the AL in last year's Midsummer Classic in Houston, is second to Baltimore's Miguel Tejada in early voting. Tejada leads Jeter by 56,060 votes. Boston's Edgar Renteria, Detroit's Carlos Guillen and Texas' Michael Young follow Jeter, who has been to the All-Star Game six times in the past seven years.
Also second at his position is Jason Giambi, who trails only Boston's David Ortiz in the designated hitter voting, though by more than 480,000 votes. Giambi's reputation has helped him overcome a bad start to make a good showing in the voting, though Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro and Detroit's Dmitri Young figure to make a run at the top. Giambi, who was elected to start at first base for the AL last season, has taken part in the Midsummer Classic in each of the past five seasons.
Jorge Posada, who did not make the All-Star team last year after being elected as the starting catcher between 2002-03, trails Boston's Jason Varitek and Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez. Baltimore's Javy Lopez, who will miss the next six weeks with a broken hand, and Minnesota's Joe Mauer are behind Posada in early voting.
The Yankees' three outfielders all rank in the top 10 in the AL, as Gary Sheffield (fifth), Hideki Matsui (sixth) and Bernie Williams (10th) try to crack the top three. The top three vote-getters in the outfield are Boston's Manny Ramirez, Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.
Tony Womack has an uphill climb at second base, as he ranks fourth, behind Baltimore's Brian Roberts, Texas' Alfonso Soriano, and Boston's Mark Bellhorn. Womack hasn't been to the All-Star Game since 1997, when he made the National League team.
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.