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Asdrubal needs big surge to catch Jeter

Asdrubal needs big late surge to catch Jeter

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Asdrubal needs big surge to catch Jeter
CLEVELAND -- It appears that barring a late push, players, coaches and managers will have the say in which Cleveland Indians make the American League All-Star roster.

Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, the only Indians player within reasonable distance of first place for one of the starting positions, still trails the Yankees' Derek Jeter by nearly 500,000 votes. Voting ends Thursday.

Cabrera, batting .293, leads the Indians with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs. Jeter has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 14 with a strained calf. He remains six hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Spring until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on Sunday. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2011 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 12, will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo rank 14th and 15th, respectively, in the running for a starting outfield spot. Choo is on the 15-day disabled list after a pitch by San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez broke the right fielder's left thumb.

Orlando Cabrera sits in fourth place for the starting second-base gig, more than 3.5 million votes behind leader Robinson Cano of the Yankees.

Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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