Every vote counts toward Ellsbury's bid

Every vote counts toward Ellsbury's bid

Every vote counts toward Ellsbury's bid
With All-Star balloting down to the final few days, Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury needs one last push to get past Josh Hamilton and earn a starting spot for the American League.

Ellsbury, who has never been an All-Star, currently ranks fourth among outfielders with 3,051,675 votes. Hamilton is in third at 3,173,000.

"Hopefully Red Sox Nation can pull behind and get me in, get me in the game," said Ellsbury. "That'd be pretty special, definitely a dream to be considered amongst the best players in the game. That's pretty special."

For an offense that is putting up prolific numbers, Ellsbury has been the spark plug. Entering Tuesday's game against the Phillies, he was hitting .303 with 55 runs, 94 hits, 22 doubles, nine homers, 39 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and a .365 on-base percentage.

Carl Crawford, Boston's left fielder, should come off the disabled list within the next week and is fifth among outfielders at 2,294,337 votes.

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 2011 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. 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.

And 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.

Two Sox players appear on the verge of punching their ticket to Phoenix. Designated hitter David Ortiz, having his best season since 2007, has 4,237,014 votes, giving him a comfortable lead over the Rangers' Michael Young.

Adrian Gonzalez, who might be having the best overall season of any hitter in the Majors, is leading the pack at first base with 4,014,722 votes. His Yankees counterpart, Mark Teixeira, is second at 3,077,242.

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is in second at second base, but trailing Robinson Cano, 4,724,816 to 2,979,181.

Kevin Youkilis, in his first year on the ballot as a third baseman, is third at his position with 2,724,286 votes. The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez holds the lead at 3,735,406.

Marco Scutaro (1,099,744 votes) is fifth at shortstop. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has recovered nicely from a slow start, is fourth among catchers with 1,505,143 votes.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.