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Renteria holds 6-vote All-Star lead at shortstop

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NEW YORK — St. Louis shortstop Edgar Renteria leads Houston's Adam Everett by just six votes in fan voting for next month's All-Star game at Houston.

Renteria (986,688) overtook Everett (986,682) in the race for the National League's starting shortstop in totals released Monday by the commissioner's office.

Renteria's six-vote lead at shortstop — position No. 6 in baseball scorebooks — is not final. Ballpark balloting is over, but fans can still cast votes online through June 30.

In the American League, the Yankees' Hideki Matsui (1,264,633) moved past Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (1,207,614) and New York's Gary Sheffield (1,174,689) into the third spot among AL outfielders.

Leaders at every other position remained the same. In the National League, Mets catcher Mike Piazza (1,613,390), Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (1,533,898), Astros second baseman Jeff Kent (1,825,661) and Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen (1,811,831) maintained strong leads.

Giants outfielder Barry Bonds (2,028,148) remained the NL's leading vote-getter. The Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. (1,864,669) and the Cubs' Sammy Sosa (1,545,356) are also in position to start in the NL outfield.

On the AL side, Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano leads all players with 2,333,795 votes. The Yankees have three infielders in line to start — first baseman Jason Giambi at first (1,296,809), shortstop Derek Jeter (1,422,786) and third baseman Alex Rodriguez (2,014,890). Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez (1,654,358) leads at catcher.

In the outfield, Matsui joined the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero and Boston's Manny Ramirez as possible starters.