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"The Boss" is often found observing spring training up close, bat in hand.Here are a couple of notes I thought you should know about:

Derek Jeter will have Bob Sheppard’s recorded voice introduce him tonight at the All-Star Game. “It’s a great idea,” Jeter said. “He deserves it.”

Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reported that Major League Baseball will have a moment of silence for Steinbrenner before tonight’s All-Star Game. Flags are also being flown at half staff in his honor.

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American League vs National League

Pitching Matchup

RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (15-1, 2.20) vs LHP David Price (12-4, 2.42)

Lineup

American League

Ichiro Suzuki RF, Derek Jeter SS, Miguel Cabrera 1B, Josh Hamilton CF, Vladimir Guerrero DH, Evan Longoria 3B, Joe Mauer C, Robinson Cano 2B, Carl Crawford LF

National League

Hanley Ramirez SS, Martin Prado 2B, Albert Pujols 1B, Ryan Howard DH, David Wright 3B, Ryan Braun LF, Andre, Ethier CF, Corey Hart RF, Yadier Molina C

The game will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. It’s slated to start at 8PM ET. The game is being televised on FOX. Enjoy the game.

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This just in from Jack Curry (Via Twitter):

“Nick Swisher has won the last man All Star vote over Youkilis. it was closest vote ever”

Congrats to Swish! This is his first All-Star Game selection of his career.

Update: 6:27PM ET: From Mark Newman of MLB.com

Swisher, the Yankees’ right-fielder and social-media titan, held off Kevin Youkilis of the rival Red Sox in the closest race in the nine-year history of the Final Vote to claim the 34th and final spot on the All-Star roster with a final tally of 9.8 million votes. Swisher and Youkilis were followed by Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Michael Young of the Rangers and Delmon Young of the Twins.

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Swisher had the all-time campaigning day in Final Vote history on Wednesday, par none. Using baseball’s most-followed Twitter account (1,220,890 followers) to his advantage, he sought out and got endorsements from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress Jessica Alba and “The Apprentice” co-star Ivanka Trump (among others). Then that night he was a triple shy of the cycle in leading the Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Athletics.

On Thursday morning, it was announced that he held a narrow lead in a “virtual tie” with Youkilis. It didn’t take Swisher long to tweet another kick in the rear to voters. He typed: “We’re in the final stretch. Can’t thank yall enough for your support. Let’s finish strong!” And naturally he used the #SENDSWISH hashtag so that as many fans as possible could find his tweet, along with a link to the ballot.

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Nick Swisher took the lead over Kevin Youkilis yesterday in the balloting, and he hopes it stays that way. This is just a slim lead, so it’s not over just yet. The Yankees are requesting that all fans vote 33 times at 3:30PM for Nick Swisher to be the All-Star Game Final Vote. It’s called “Mission #33”. It seems like a plan to me. Of course, that’s not saying you can’t vote 333 times before then, too (it’s an unlimited ballot). Voting ends in just a few hours, so be sure to cast your votes before it’s too late!

Vote Here! –> Send Swish

Voting Ends today at 4PM ET 

Everybody’s Doing It! (Photos Via Yankees PR & Andrew Donovan of NBC News)

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Mariano Rivera won’t be joining his teammates in Anaheim, California, as he just pulled himself out of the All-Star Game. “I’ve been pitching hurt,” Mariano said. Rivera has been battling side and knee injuries, but says he still wants to pitch this week. That’s a bit weird. If it was a serious injury, you would figure that the Yankees would put him on the DL.

This is from Marc Carig of the The Star-Ledger:

“Rivera has been battling a lingering oblique injury. But he also made public for the first time a right knee injury that has made it difficult to push off.

Though his performance hasn’t been impacted, Rivera said the extra rest was needed.

He also said that his appearances will be limited to one-inning stints between now and the All-Star break. Rivera said he injured his knee while shagging balls in the outfield.”

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From the Yankees Official Website:

OAKLAND — Andy Pettitte walked out of Yankee Stadium on Sunday expecting that he’d at some point be named an All-Star. As he climbed a mound for his scheduled bullpen session a coast away the next afternoon, he knew for sure.

Pettitte was added to the American League pitching staff for the July 13 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium on Monday, replacing hurler Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox. Pettitte’s name was next on the player vote list, automatically bumping him up to the roster.

“It’s awesome. I’m excited to go,” Pettitte said. “I’m excited to be voted by my peers. I’m glad I don’t have to wait until Sunday.”

It’s good to know that Andy finally has that permanent spot on the roster, and not worry if Girardi would be added or not. Good for him. If it were up to me, he would be starting the game.

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Do you want Nick Swisher on this years American League All-Star team? He’s seeking his first All-Star birth and he needs your help. If you want him on the team…Vote Swisher on the American League final vote ballot. Voting ends on Thursday at 4PM.

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Robbie Cano, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez (reserve) and C.C. Sabathia made this years American League All-Star team. Do you notice a name missing from that list? Yeah, the name is Andy Pettitte.

C.C. Sabathia is set to start the Sunday before the All-Star Game, which will not allow him to participate with the new rules enforced by the league. He will have to be replaced on the roster, and the general idea is that Pettitte will take his spot. When you break it down..you’re probably saying, “Why didn’t Pettitte get picked over Hughes and Sabathia?” I was thinking the same thing. He’s got better numbers than both of them, but people seem to think he did this because he knew he would have to pull Sabathia from the game, and he could just slot Pettitte in his spot. That way, he is honoring both of his players.

There are also guys like Francisco Liriano and Jered Weaver out there, who are also deserving of a spot on the team, so there is no guaranteed spot for Pettitte. With Girardi running the team, you would have to think he would go with Andy. It’s not something to go crazy over, but having Pettitte as an “add-on” is a bit of a smack to the face. I’m sure Girardi talked it over with his players, because he’s just that type of guy. Andy probably brushes it off as nothing, just as he handles everything else with class. I just don’t like the idea that a guy some people were saying should START the All-Star Game..isn’t even on it at the moment.

Some also think that Brett Gardner should have made the team, but I guess he really doesn’t have the star power to make it. It’s a popularity contest..we all know that. Nick Swisher is on the Final Vote Ballot. Vote Swisher!

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Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano have pretty much locked up their respective positions on the All-Star ballot. Teixeira, Rodriguez and Posada all stand in 2nd place in their races, but it seems like Teixeira is the only one that is close enough to overtake the #1 slot. Not one of the Yankees outfielders are in the top 4 positions in the Outfield class (Swisher [5], Granderson [6], Gardner [8]).

Even though you can’t vote for these guys, you have to figure that Girardi picks Hughes, Pettitte and Rivera for the All-Star team.

Vote Yankees

 

2010 MLB All-Star Balloting : American League
1st Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Justin Morneau Twins 1,752,276
2. Mark Teixeira Yankees 1,507,769
3. Miguel Cabrera Tigers 1,426,973
4. Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 805,244
5. Carlos Pena Rays 620,001
2nd Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Robinson Cano Yankees 2,330,278
2. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 1,227,495
3. Ian Kinsler Rangers 1,075,296
4. Orlando Hudson Twins 848,402
5. Ben Zobrist Rays 648,641
3rd Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Evan Longoria Rays 2,534,967
2. Alex Rodriguez Yankees 1,571,831
3. Michael Young Rangers 1,007,165
4. Adrian Beltre Red Sox 608,447
5. Brandon Inge Tigers 530,882
Shortstop
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Derek Jeter Yankees 2,692,418
2. Elvis Andrus Rangers 1,319,827
3. J.J. Hardy Twins 770,373
4. Jason Bartlett Rays 639,244
5. Alex Gonzalez Blue Jays 556,965
Catcher
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Joe Mauer Twins 3,280,565
2. Jorge Posada Yankees 1,043,748
3. Victor Martinez Red Sox 689,568
4. Taylor Teagarden Rangers 433,413
5. Gerald Laird Tigers 366,922
Designated Hitter
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Vladimir Guerrero Rangers 2,316,229
2. Hideki Matsui Angels 1,009,648
3. David Ortiz Red Sox 746,316
4. Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners 736,918
5. Jason Kubel Twins 654,269
Outfield
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 1,567,788
2. Carl Crawford Rays 1,445,615
3. Josh Hamilton Rangers 1,431,013
4. Nelson Cruz Rangers 1,377,399
5. Nick Swisher Yankees 1,049,047
6. Curtis Granderson Yankees 967,003
7. Torii Hunter Angels 943,814
8. Brett Gardner Yankees 942,338
9. Magglio Ordonez Tigers 869,231
10. B.J. Upton Rays 831,580
11. Vernon Wells Blue Jays 820,377
12. Michael Cuddyer Twins 774,088
13. Austin Jackson Tigers 764,488
14. Bobby Abreu Angels 703,134
15. Denard Span Twins 691,164
Results updated: Monday, June 21, 2010

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Tex, Cano, and Jeter are leading the ballot in their respective positions. Posada and Rodriguez are both second in theirs (Mauer seems uncatchable though). Is it possible to have an all Yankees All-Star infield? Ballot update from MLB.com:

2010 MLB All-Star Balloting : American League
1st Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Mark Teixeira Yankees 610,851
2. Justin Morneau Twins 527,688
3. Miguel Cabrera Tigers 402,719
4. Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 298,332
5. Carlos Pena Rays 232,636
2nd Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Robinson Cano Yankees 811,300
2. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 487,733
3. Ian Kinsler Rangers 393,515
4. Orlando Hudson Twins 252,959
5. Ben Zobrist Rays 215,016
3rd Base
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Evan Longoria Rays 915,247
2. Alex Rodriguez Yankees 632,268
3. Michael Young Rangers 356,899
4. Adrian Beltre Red Sox 190,988
5. Brandon Inge Tigers 148,593
Shortstop
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Derek Jeter Yankees 1,005,810
2. Elvis Andrus Rangers 438,731
3. J.J. Hardy Twins 242,586
4. Jason Bartlett Rays 225,022
5. Alex Gonzalez Blue Jays 213,083
Catcher
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Joe Mauer Twins 1,138,286
2. Jorge Posada Yankees 427,310
3. Victor Martinez Red Sox 222,527
4. Taylor Teagarden Rangers 172,510
5. Mike Napoli Angels 131,588
Designated Hitter
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Vladimir Guerrero Rangers 725,752
2. Hideki Matsui Angels 465,615
3. Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners 323,564
4. David Ortiz Red Sox 235,986
5. Pat Burrell Rays 176,801
Outfield
RANK PLAYER NAME AL TEAM TOTAL VOTES
1. Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 604,675
2. Nelson Cruz Rangers 541,052
3. Carl Crawford Rays 532,201
4. Josh Hamilton Rangers 462,556
5. Torii Hunter Angels 399,283
6. Curtis Granderson Yankees 385,353
7. Nick Swisher Yankees 368,218
8. Brett Gardner Yankees 364,470
9. B.J. Upton Rays 327,102
10. Vernon Wells Blue Jays 323,701
11. Bobby Abreu Angels 314,365
12. Magglio Ordonez Tigers 247,917
13. Michael Cuddyer Twins 225,052
14. Johnny Damon Tigers 218,988
15. Julio Borbon Rangers 218,887
Results updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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The baseball season started less than three weeks ago, and the 2010 MLB All-Star Game voting process has already started. Weird…right?

Coming off a World Series victory, Joe Girardi has the task to lead the American League all-star squad this year. His squad could possibly be 50% Yankees the way they are playing now. Who knows. It’s all in the fans hands now, as the voting process started for the 2010 Midsummer Classic. You can vote up to 25 times until July 1st at 11:59PM ET. 

  • Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4th
  • Fans will be able to select the last player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
  • The All-Star Game will take place in Anaheim, California on July 13th. As always, the game will be carried on FOX and ESPN Radio.

Do you want the American League roster loaded with your 2010 New York Yankees players?

VOTE NOW!

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