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Pujols, Rolen Lead in Early All-Star Voting

June 2, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Albert Pujols is the leading vote-getter, and his St. Louis Cardinals teammate Scott Rolen has the most votes among third baseman in early voting for the NL All-Star team.

Despite playing just 14 games, Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is best at his position in the first NL totals released Wednesday by the commissioner’s office. Garciaparra is on the 60-day disabled list with a torn groin muscle.

Pujols has 570,004 votes, more than 300,000 better than the Cubs’ Derrek Lee, who leads the NL in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Rolen, last year’s leading vote-getter in the NL, has 404,004 votes.

The Dodgers’ Jeff Kent (371,947) is the leader at second base and Mike Piazza of the Mets (447,259) has the most votes at catcher. The Cardinals’ David Eckstein (212,209) and Atlanta’s Rafael Furcal (212,160) are in a close race for second place at shortstop behind Garciaparra (235,899).

The top three outfielders are New York’s Carlos Beltran (527,433), Jim Edmonds of St. Louis (402,419) and Cincinnati’s Ken Griffey Jr. (261,554). Griffey is tied for third all-time with Ozzie Smith with 12 All-Star game starts, trailing only Cal Ripken (17) and Rod Carew (15).

The first AL totals were released Tuesday. Starters and reserves for the July 12 All-Star game at Detroit’s Comerica Park will be announced July 3.

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