06/01/05 6:00 PM ET
Kent pacing Dodgers in All-Star voting
Los Angeles shortstop Izturis needs support from fans
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
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.