Posey slips behind Molina in All-Star voting

Giants catcher narrowly trails Cardinals star; Aoki close to starting spot

Posey slips behind Molina in All-Star voting

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Buster Posey-Yadier Molina voting competition is becoming even more serious.

Last week, Posey vaulted past Molina to gain the lead in balloting on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot among National League catchers. In the latest voting results released Tuesday, however, Molina had forged back ahead of Posey. The St. Louis Cardinals star had 2,639,744 votes, fewer than 50,000 ahead of San Francisco's Posey, who had 2,634,846 votes.

Should Posey wind up on top, he would join an illustrious assortment of Giants to be voted into the lineup more than once. That group features Barry Bonds (12), Will Clark (four), Matt Williams (three), Jeff Kent (two), Hall of Famer Willie Mays (two) and Kevin Mitchell (two). Posey, a two-time All-Star, was voted into the lineup in 2012.

This drama will continue. Three more voting updates are scheduled before the All-Star starters and reserves will be announced.

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Another Giant involved in a tight race is Nori Aoki, who's close behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the third spot in the outfield. Stanton currently occupies that spot with 1,743,271 votes, but Aoki trails him closely with 1,696,369 votes.

Other Giants rank among the leaders at their respective positions but aren't extremely close. At shortstop, Brandon Crawford is second to St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta, 2,441,384 votes to 1,821,037. Second baseman Joe Panik, who's in third with 1,159,514 votes, is far behind Miami's Dee Gordonn (2,226,127). Likewise, first baseman Brandon Belt has topped the 1 million vote mark (1,032,042) but stands in fifth place, well behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (2,010,049), the top vote-getter at that position.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.