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NL All-Star balloting: Yadier Molina, Buster Posey waging close battle at catcher


Molina (2009, 2010) and Posey (2012) have combined to start three of the last four All-Star Games at catcher for the National League. One of them will start behind the plate at Citi Field on July 16.

Major League Baseball released an update of National League All-Star voting on Sunday, and a pair of Giants were surpassed for the lead at two positions.

David Wright of the Mets had himself quite a Sunday, with two home runs, a triple and a double in an 8-0 win over the Phillies. Wright also took over the lead at third base, with 2,917,819 votes, over Pablo Sandoval of the Giants, at 2,788,988. Sandoval won the fan balloting in 2012, but Wright was voted the National League starting third baseman in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The All-Star Game will be held at Wright's home park of Citi Field in New York on Tuesday, July 16.

National League catcher has the closest vote in the majors, with Yadier Molina of the Cardinals is the overall NL leader with 3,596,858, a narrow advantage over Buster Posey of the Giants (3,506,402). Molina was voted starter in 2009 and 2010, and is a four-time All-Star, while Posey, the 2012 National League MVP, started at catcher in the 2012 midsummer classic.

In-stadium voting will run through June 28, while online and mobile voting will run through July 4. The All-Star rosters will be announced on Fox on July 6.

Below are the updated N.L. vote totals as of 6/23:

Player Team Votes
C Yadier Molina Cardinals 3,596,858
Buster Posey Giants 3,506,402
John Buck Mets 1,087,519
1B Joey Votto Reds 2,677,813
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 2,270,886
Allen Craig Cardinals 1,801,138
2B Brandon Phillips Reds 2,597,742
Marco Scutaro Giants 2,272,484
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 2,251,248
3B David Wright Mets 2,917,819
Pablo Sandoval Giants 2,788,988
David Freese Cardinals 1,728,322
SS Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 3,104,285
Brandon Crawford Giants 1,757,255
Jean Segura Brewers 1,625,753
OF Carlos Beltran Cardinals 3,473,030
Justin Upton Braves 2,453,531
Bryce Harper Nationals 2,363,965
Carlos Gonzalez Rockies 2,060,388
Ryan Braun Brewers 2,010,310
Matt Holliday
Cardinals 1,947,864
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