Kent pacing Dodgers in All-Star voting
Los Angeles shortstop Izturis needs support from fans
Second baseman Jeff Kent is the only Dodger leading the voting at his position for the National League All-Star team, but Gold Glove shortstop Cesar Izturis is not among the leaders in voting at his position, according to results announced by Major League Baseball.Kent, a four-time All-Star and former Most Valuable Player, has received 371,947 votes and leads former Houston teammate Craig Biggio, former Dodger and St. Louis Cardinal Mark Grudzielanek, Atlanta's Marcus Giles and New York's Kazuo Matsui. Kent started All-Star Games in 2000, 2001 and 2004. The All-Star Game is to be played July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Baseball's all-time leading home-run hitter among second basemen, Kent has ranked among league leaders this year in home runs and RBIs and recently slugged his 12th career grand slam.Izturis, seeking his first All-Star berth, not only is the reigning Gold Glove winner, he has been one of the league's top hitters this year. He was batting .342 through Tuesday's game and has been particularly effective in clutch, late-inning at-bats. He has played every game this year and had a 10-game hitting streak. Leading at shortstop are Chicago's Nomar Garciaparra, St. Louis' David Eckstein, Atlanta's Rafael Furcal, New York's Jose Reyes and Colorado rookie Clint Barmes. Garciaparra is recovering from surgery for a torn groin muscle and hasn't played in a month.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.