Posey makes move to front in NL All-Star balloting

Giants catcher passes Molina, while three other Cardinals hold leads; Harper tops league in votes

Posey makes move to front in NL All-Star balloting

With three members of the first-place Cardinals in position to win starting roles in the latest National League update of voting on the 2015 MLB Esurance All-Star Game Ballot, it's a defending World Series champion who made the most significant move.

Giants catcher Buster Posey (1,679,730) overtook St. Louis backstop Yadier Molina (1,542,231) for the top spot among NL catchers this week, and Posey is now the third top vote-getter in the league.

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (2,323,186) continues to lead the league in voting, with Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (1,974,503) behind him.

Shortstop Jhonny Peralta (1,279,711) and outfielder Matt Holliday (1,654,428) are the other Cardinals in position to start in the July 14 Midsummer Classic as of the latest balloting.

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (1,210,108) is in line for the third outfield spot, with teammate Dee Gordon (1,531,048) leading St. Louis' Kolten Wong (1,185,982) in the race at second base.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (1,380,696) is pacing the NL first basemen, with Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (1,067,482) and Chicago's Anthony Rizzo (834,554) behind him. Rizzo's teammate Kris Bryant (1,079,693) trails Carpenter in their race at third base.

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (1,103,884) trails Peralta, while his teammate Nori Aoki (1,012,117) is the No. 4 outfielder in the voting.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.