Votto, Youkilis leading

A quickly formed alliance to get fans to “Vote Red” seems to be working during the All-Star Final Vote on MLB.com.

In the National League results released on Tuesday, Reds first baseman Joey Votto maintained his lead in the balloting over the other four players on day two. And in the American League, Red Sox first baseman and Cincinnati native Kevin Youkilis has passed the Yankees’ Nick Swisher for the lead.

Late on Monday, the Reds and Red Sox joined forces to co-promote their first basemen. The teams are using their own web sites, social networking sites and local television and radio game broadcasts to urge fans to “Vote Red” by picking Votto and Youkilis.

Voting runs through 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.


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