Swisher beats Youkilis in All-Star vote

Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher defeated Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis in the voting for the final spot on the American League All-Star roster.

The voting had been very close all week but when the polls closed Thursday, Swisher wound up on top to earn his first All-Star appearance.

Swisher is batting .289 with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs and 52 runs scored. Youkilis is hitting .292 with 17 homers, 55 RBIs and 66 runs scored.

The other players on the ballot were Rangers third baseman Michael Young, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and Twins outfielder Delmon Young.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto was the winner of the National League voting.