- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez has dropped to sixth among NL outfielders in latest fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers star is serving a 50-game penalty for violating baseball’s drug policy. He is eligible to return July 3, and the All-Star game is 11 days later in St. Louis.

Philadelphia’s Raul Ibanez leads NL outfielders with 1,897,905 votes in results released Monday. He is followed by Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (1,667,029), the Mets’ Carlos Beltran (1,367,412) and the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano (1,340,669). Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino moved into fifth with 1,116,524 and Ramirez was sixth at 999,800.

Ramirez hit .348 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 27 games before he was suspended May 7.


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