Pujols headlines nine Angels on All-Star ballot

Pujols headlines nine Angels on All-Star ballot

ANAHEIM -- The online ballot for the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City was unveiled Thursday, with new slugger Albert Pujols and returning slugger Kendrys Morales highlighting a slate of nine Angels players.

Five of those nine -- Morales (listed as a designated hitter), Erick Aybar, Mark Trumbo (third base), Chris Iannetta and Peter Bourjos -- will be looking to make the All-Star team for the first time. Pujols, who made nine trips to the All-Star Game through his 11-year tenure with the Cardinals, will be trying to make it for the first time in the American League.

The others on the ballot, hand-picked by the Angels' baseball-operations department, are: second baseman Howie Kendrick (an All-Star for the first time last year), left fielder Vernon Wells (two-time All-Star) and right fielder Torii Hunter (four-time All-Star).

Online balloting launches Friday. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Kendrick was the only Angels position player to play in the All-Star Game in Arizona last year, which Jered Weaver started.