Four Cards soaring high in NL All-Star voting

Molina, Peralta, Carpenter and Holliday on pace to start in Midsummer Classic

Four Cards soaring high in NL All-Star voting

The Midsummer Classic may wind up bearing the mark of the Cardinals. The first National League voting update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released on Wednesday, and half of the league's starters were players from St. Louis. The fans have come out in droves to support the Cardinals, yielding leads at catcher, shortstop, third base and in one of the outfield slots.

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Veteran backstop Yadier Molina, an All-Star in each of the past six seasons, leads all NL catchers in balloting with 859,520 votes. He's joined by teammates Jhonny Peralta (595,741) at shortstop, Matt Carpenter (1,113,060) at third base and six-time All-Star Matt Holliday, whose 979,008 votes rank second among outfielders.

Even with all those Cardinals, the fans made a statement about their most intriguing player. Nationals phenom Bryce Harper, who is the NL leader in home runs (17), RBIs (42) and walks (40), was also named on the most ballots (1,116,582) of anybody in the league. Harper, 22, is already a two-time All-Star.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, who was an All-Star last season with the Dodgers, led everybody at his position in the first balloting update with 934,249 votes after batting .368 in his first 44 games. His power-hitting teammate Giancarlo Stanton is ranked third among NL outfielders with 746,926 votes.

The final starter, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, is leading in a landslide at first base. Gonzalez has 929,016 votes, and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is the next-closest first baseman, with 489,255 votes.

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Peralta narrowly leads Chicago's Starlin Castro (571,574) at shortstop in the league's closest race. Castro trails by less than 25,000 votes. Another good race is at catcher. Molina leads, but Buster Posey, the Giants' franchise backstop, lurks right behind him in the balloting with 759,187 votes.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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Complete results: NL All-Star ballot update

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.