Gordon seeks All-Star push

Gordon seeks All-Star push

KANSAS CITY -- When it comes to emerging young stars, Royals third baseman Alex Gordon carries impressive credentials.

Gordon has established himself as the Royals' No. 3 hitter in just his second season in the Major Leagues. He's a dependable, sometimes spectacular, defender at third. And he's become a crowd favorite at Kauffman Stadium.

That's made him a big vote-getter from Kansas City fans, although he trails some of the bigger names like Alex Rodriguez, Mike Lowell and Miguel Cabrera in the national balloting for this year's All-Star Game on July 15.

As of Monday, Gordon's .280 average included 18 multi-hit games, tied for ninth most in the American League. He'd hit safely in 20 of 25 games at a .288 clip since May 6. A left-handed batter, he ranked fourth in the AL hitting against right-handed pitchers at .324.

No Royals players were among the top five in voting for catchers and infielders or the top 15 outfielders.

The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD, and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 9 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.

The Midsummer Classic will be the fourth held at Yankee Stadium and the eighth in New York City. The Yankees previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1939, 1960 and 1977; the Polo Grounds held the game in 1934 and 1942; Ebbets Field was the site in 1949; and Shea Stadium hosted the 1964 tilt.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 Club sites until Wednesday, July 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT. Starting rosters will be announced during the 2008 All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet on TBS on Sunday, July 6. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote at MLB.com.

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 presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster 2008 All-Star Game MVP vote at MLB.com.

Gordon, a product of the University of Nebraska, endured a tough start to his rookie season of 2007. Although he hit just .173 in his first 53 games, the Royals stayed with him rather than shipping him off to the Minors. Gordon responded by hitting .285 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in his last 98 games.

This year Gordon began the season in the No. 3 hole but started slowly and was dropped in the lineup. But he got in the groove and has batted third most of the season and, as of Monday, his on-base percentage of .356 tied to lead all Royals regulars. His 25 RBIs were second on the club only to Jose Guillen's 38.

2008 MLB All-Star Balloting : American League
First Base
1.Youkilis, K.Red Sox662,869
2.Morneau, J.Twins409,406
3.Giambi, J.Yankees283,596
4.Pena, C.Rays199,568
5.Guillen, C.Tigers181,328
Second Base
1.Pedroia, D.Red Sox591,860
2.Cano, R.Yankees354,535
3.Polanco, P.Tigers241,282
4.Kinsler, I.Rangers232,611
5.Roberts, B.Orioles165,949
Third base
1.Rodriguez, A.Yankees712,899
2.Lowell, M.Red Sox409,685
3.Cabrera, M.Tigers283,542
4.Crede, J.White Sox222,084
5.Rolen, S.Blue Jays137,604
1.Jeter, D.Yankees832,561
2.Renteria, E.Tigers273,857
3.Young, M.Rangers266,494
4.Lugo, J.Red Sox204,041
5.Cabrera, O.White Sox175,138
1.Varitek, J.Red Sox477,630
2.Mauer, J.Twins396,643
3.Rodriguez, I.Tigers349,130
4.Posada, J.Yankees312,279
5.Martinez, V.Indians234,008
Designated hitter
1.Ortiz, D.Red Sox893,915
2.Matsui, H.Yankees423,551
3.Thome, J.White Sox264,156
4.Sheffield, G.Tigers144,919
5.Hafner, T.Indians109,044
1.Ramirez, M.Red Sox811,612
2.Hamilton, J.Rangers479,492
3.Suzuki, I.Mariners456,136
4.Guerrero, V.Angels431,101
5.Abreu, B.Yankees373,889
6.Ordonez, M.Tigers362,179
7.Cabrera, M.Yankees310,477
8.Damon, J.Yankees302,972
9.Hunter, T.Angels296,301
10.Drew, J.D.Red Sox292,629
11.Sizemore, G.Indians280,975
12.Crawford, C.Rays247,997
13.Crisp, C.Red Sox231,799
14.Granderson, C.Tigers194,293
15.Upton, B.J.Rays193,585
Results updated: Monday, June 2, 2008

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.