Last year provided a change of scenery for a few Red Sox on the All-Star ballot. This time, it's old hat.
When Friday's online balloting begins, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford are back for their second spin with Boston, while Kevin Youkilis is listed at third base for the second consecutive season. Youkilis and Gonzalez both wound up on the All-Star team last year, as did teammates David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.
Beckett and Lester, as pitchers, won't be part of the balloting process, and center fielder Ellsbury's All-Star status may be affected by a partially dislocated right shoulder that sent him to the disabled list. Designated hitter Ortiz has been an All-Star in seven of the past eight seasons. Youkilis is a three-time All-Star, and Gonzalez is working on a streak of four consecutive All-Star selections at first base.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, a three-time All-Star in his own right, is back on the ballot this year. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is listed behind the plate for Boston, and two players -- shortstop Mike Aviles and outfielder Cody Ross -- are on the All-Star ballot as Red Sox players for the first time. Aviles was acquired by Boston last July.
Crawford, a four-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, has been unable to play this season while recovering from surgery on his left wrist. Ryan Sweeney and Darnell McDonald have seen time in the absence of Crawford and Ellsbury. Youkilis is off to a slow start for the Red Sox, but he has been an All-Star in three of the last four seasons.
Last year's All-Star voting set a record with 32.5 million ballots cast. Paper ballots will be available at Fenway Park at games between May 1 and June 9. Starting Friday, fans can cast their votes for All-Star starters up to 25 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, and more than 20 million paper ballots will be distributed at the 30 stadiums.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.