Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz fell into second place in the latest All-Star Game vote totals. Nelson Cruz of the Orioles now leads at designated hitter with 888,855 votes, with Ortiz second at 766,631.
Ortiz has been elected by the fans for three years in a row and has been an All-Star nine times.
Through Sunday, Cruz led the majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs. Cruz has actually played more games in the outfield (31) than at DH (23).
Dustin Pedroia is running third in the voting at second base with 540,515 votes. He is well behind Robinson Cano of the Mariners (726,158) and Detroit’s Ian Kinsler (649,926).
The only other Red Sox player listed among the leaders is catcher A.J. Pierzynski. He is in fifth place.
The All-Star Game is July 15 in Minnesota.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.