NEW YORK (AP) _ Alan Trammell of the Detroit Tigers has taken a slim lead in fan balloting over Cal Ripken for the starting shortstop spot on the American League All- Star team, the commissioner's office said Monday.

Although he has been named to four All-Star teams, Trammell has never been the elected starter. Ripken has started the past four All-Star Games for the American League.

In the most recent tabulation of votes, Trammell had 534,394 to 527,630 for Ripken, a margin of just 6,764 votes.

Other AL voting leaders are first baseman Mark McGwire of Oakland (890,682); second baseman Paul Molitor of Milwaukee (536,624); third baseman Wade Boggs of Boston (790,598); catcher Terry Steinbach of Oakland (480,120), and outfielders Jose Canseco of Oakland (1,165,720), Dave Winfield of New York (1,116,277) and Rickey Henderson of New York (621,380).

The 59th All-Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 12 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.