Monday, June 30, 2008

Utley running away in All-Star voting

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley continues to lead all National League players in the final weekly balloting update for the 2008 All-Star Game.

Utley's has amassed 2,645,027 votes and a starting position is virtually locked up, as he has an edge of more than 1.5 million votes over his closest competition at second, Mark DeRosa of the Cubs.

Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez who leapfrogged Houston's Miguel Tejada at shortstop last week, continued to lead there with 1,483,875 votes, nearly 170,000 more than Tejada.

In the outfield, Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has trimmed the deficit behind Chicago's Kosuke Fukudome, who sits in third place. Fukudome has amassed 1,783,983 votes and leads Braun by just over 20,000. Fukudome's teammate Alfonso Soriano and Cincinnati Reds star Ken Griffey Jr. hold the first two spots in the NL outfield.

The rest of the spots remained consistent, as Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Astros first baseman Lance Berkman all maintained leads at their respective positions.

All-Star starters and reserves for both leagues will be announced Sunday, July

The 79th All-Star Game will be played July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

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