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Kipnis makes climb in latest All-Star balloting

Kipnis makes climb in latest All-Star balloting

Kipnis makes climb in latest All-Star balloting
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis continues to climb in the American League All-Star fan vote.

On Monday, in the latest unveiling of All-Star balloting results, Kipnis climbed from fifth to fourth among AL second basemen. Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera remained fourth in voting at his position.

Kipnis and Cabrera have a long way to go before potentially cracking the AL's elite roster, but their inclusion in the voting results shows they are receiving increasing recognition.

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"I appreciate the support and recognition I'm getting," Kipnis said. "It's cool to see people are appreciating what you're doing on the field out there. To even be mentioned right now, get the recognition, is cool."

Heading into Monday's action, Kipnis led American League second basemen in RBIs (41) and stolen bases (17) and was tied for the lead at his position in games played (65). He ranked second in home runs (11), average (.284), slugging percentage (.455), on-base plus slugging percentage (.786), triples (three), runs (43) and on-base percentage (.339). Kipnis ranked third in hits (75).

Kipnis led the Indians in games, runs, hits, homers, RBIs and stolen bases.

The AL's leading vote-getter at second base was Texas' Ian Kinsler (2,580,306), followed by New York's Robinson Cano (2,565,046), Boston's Dustin Pedroia (1,331,657) and Kipnis (615,409). Considering this is Kipnis' first full season in the Majors -- he suited up in the Futures Game last July -- the second baseman has an uphill battle in terms of gaining ballots. Two weeks ago, he wasn't even in the top five among AL second basemen. He passed Baltimore's Robert Andino last week.

"He just plays a tough position to crack in in the American League," Indians manager Manny Acta said recently. "You've got the Kinslers and the Pedroias and the Canos of the world. It's tough, but he's been an All-Star."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed.

ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Cabrera headed into Monday's game against the Reds hitting .303 with six home runs, 17 doubles and 26 RBIs in 56 games for the Indians. In the latest poll results, New York's Derek Jeter (3,359,875) led the way among AL shortstops, followed by Texas' Elvis Andrus (2,008,678), Baltimore's J.J. Hardy (968,963) and Cabrera (789,069).

Cabrera ranked first among his positional peers in doubles (17), on-base percentage (.391), slugging percentage (.471) and OPS (.862). He ranked second in average and walks (28).

"Asdrubal Cabrera is having another good season," Acta said recently. "He's not doing what he did last year, but he's been very, very good."

Justin Albers 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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