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Rays' Crawford holds slim lead in All-Star vote

A Tribune wire report
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 06:31 AM
NEW YORK -

Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau and Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford are holding narrow leads going into the final week of fan voting for starting spots on the AL All-Star team.

Morneau tops Mark Teixeira and Miguel Cabrera in a tight race. Crawford, the MVP of last year's All-Star Game, was ahead of Nelson Cruz on Monday for the third outfield spot.

Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer leads all major-league players in fan balloting. Also ahead are shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano, third baseman Evan Longoria, designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero and outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Josh Hamilton.

The last NL voting update comes today and voting continues online through Thursday night. Results will be announced Sunday.

Around the AL

Jake Westbrook pitched six solid innings and Jayson Nix's suicide squeeze bunt in the sixth scored the go-ahead run, leading the Indians to a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays. ... Anthony Lerew threw six solid innings for his first major-league victory, and Billy Butler drove in two runs as the Royals defeated the White Sox 3-1. ... Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his right wrist were negative. ... Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss six weeks with his broken left foot, but the team says pitcher Clay Buchholz might be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Around the NL

Scott Rolen hit his 300th career homer Monday night, and Johnny Cueto shut down the team that gave him an historic loss the last time they faced, leading the Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Phillies. ... Paul Maholm pitched a season-high eight innings, Jose Tabata hit a go-ahead double in the ninth and the Pirates ended a 17-game road losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Cubs. The last time the Pirates won on the road was May 25 in a 2-1 victory at Cincinnati. ... Cody Ross homered and had three hits, Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings and the Marlins beat the Mets 10-3 to give interim manager Edwin Rodriguez a sweet homecoming in Puerto Rico. Chris Coghlan and Mike Stanton also homered for the Marlins, who handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey his first loss in eight major-league starts this season. Back in March, Major League Baseball moved this series from Miami, where the Marlins draw sparse crowds, to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. ... The Diamondbacks' defense collapsed in the ninth inning, with two throwing errors allowing three runs to score in the Cardinals' 6-5 victory. ... Carlos Zambrano will be placed on the restricted list and the Cubs expect to be without the pitcher until at least the All-Star break.

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