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SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey is still running strong in the home stretch of All-Star Game balloting. Fellow Giants Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval hope to make late moves to forge in front at their respective positions.
Posey continued to lead National League catchers in the latest update. San Francisco's popular receiver, who leads the club in home runs and RBIs, has received 3,335,982 votes, outpolling St. Louis' Yadier Molina (3,119,530). Just a year ago, Posey was sidelined for the season, having sustained multiple left leg injuries in a May 25 home-plate collision.
Cabrera dropped out of the top three in outfield voting but remained close to being voted into the starting lineup, only trailing Milwaukee's Ryan Braun by a slight percentage. Braun, No. 3 among NL outfielders behind Los Angeles' Matt Kemp and St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, had 3,168,617 votes to Cabrera's 3,045,884.
Sandoval held onto second place in the race at third base, garnering 2,223,269 votes to 2,687,818 for leader David Wright of the New York Mets.
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 at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com
First baseman Brandon Belt, shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielder Angel Pagan rank fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, in the voting at their positions.