Papi, Pedroia in the mix for All-Star starts
Ortiz leads by wide margin at DH but Cano in first at second base
BOSTON -- Teammates for the past seven seasons, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz have been the heart of the Red Sox's batting order during most of that time.
The dynamic duo could also be teaming up together for the American League in the All-Star Game.
Ortiz, who recently walloped his 12th walk-off home run as a member of the Red Sox, has a commanding lead at designated hitter.
Big Papi has 2,488,451 votes. Lance Berkman is currently second with 1,239,521.
"I wish I had that kind of pop," Red Sox catcher David Ross said of Ortiz. "That guy seems to impress me every day. The walk-off he hit [on June 6] may have been one of the hardest balls I've ever seen hit until the one he hit two days later. That guy impresses me every day, him and Dustin [Pedroia]."
Pedroia, who has been marvelous on both sides of the ball for the Red Sox this season, currently faces an uphill climb to be a starter.
With 1,635,674 votes, Pedroia is second to sweet-swinging Robinson Cano (2,409,512) of the Yankees.
Ortiz is trying to become an All-Star for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons. Pedroia is vying for his fourth All-Star berth, and first since 2010.
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Mike Napoli, who has moved from catcher to first base this season, is third at his position with 744,334 votes, trailing Chris Davis (2,999,094) and Prince Fielder (1,980,129).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has been red-hot of late, is fifth among catchers with 748,725 votes, trailing Joe Mauer, Matt Wieters, A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Santana.
Jacoby Ellsbury, looking for his second All-Star appearance in three years, is ninth in the outfield with 1,004,434 votes. Teammate Shane Victorino, who has been a standout performer in his first season with Boston and was activated from the disabled list on Saturday night, is 14th with 688,220 votes. Nick Markakis is currently in control of the third and final outfield starting berth with 1,463,392 votes.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING
(as of June 15)
Chris Davis, Orioles 2,999,094
Prince Fielder, Tigers 1,980,129
Mike Napoli, Red Sox 744,334
Albert Pujols, Angels 693,062
Mitch Moreland, Rangers 645,071
Robinson Cano, Yankees 2,409,512
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 1,635,674
Ian Kinsler, Rangers 1,123,654
Omar Infante, Tigers 872,142
Jose Altuve, Astros 734,896
J.J. Hardy, Orioles 1,871,010
Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1,358,412
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers 1,322,791
Jed Lowrie, Athletics 1,019,861
Derek Jeter, Yankees 669,698
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 3,277,890
Manny Machado, Orioles 1,626,209
Adrian Beltre, Rangers 1,105,706
Evan Longoria, Rays 898,422
Josh Donaldson, J. Athletics 500,773
Joe Mauer, Twins 2,127,175
Matt Wieters, Orioles 1,615,625
A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers 885,137
Carlos Santana, Indians 864,779
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox 748,725
David Ortiz, Red Sox 2,488,451
Lance Berkman, Rangers 1,239,521
Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays 769,322
Mark Reynolds, Indians 745,058
Mark Trumbo, Angels 722,667
Adam Jones, Orioles 2,740,505
Mike Trout, Angels 2,710,115
Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,463,392
Torii Hunter, Tigers 1,425,571
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 1,379,251
Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,310,079
Nate McLouth, Orioles 1,300,158
Alex Gordon, Royals 1,040,685
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 1,004,434
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics 926,611
Coco Crisp, Athletics 869,153
Josh Hamilton, Angels 726,485
Austin Jackson, Tigers 712,623
Shane Victorino, Red Sox 682,220
Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees 620,734