SAN FRANCISCO -- Involved in a vote that has featured as many lead changes as a basketball game, Giants catcher Buster Posey forged back ahead of his St. Louis counterpart, Yadier Molina, in the latest National League balloting update for the All-Star Game.
The most recent returns, released Tuesday, showed Posey with 4,345,579 votes, ahead of Molina's 3,930,399. Last week, Molina led Posey by fewer than 50,000 votes. This marked the second time that Posey, who was elected to start in 2012, had vaulted ahead of Molina, a six-time All-Star.
Another Giant who would start if the voting ended immediately is Nori Aoki, who has climbed into third place among outfielders. With 2,995,899 votes, Aoki has inched ahead of Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has 2,922,350 votes and slipped out of the top three for the first time.
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Other Giants rank among the top five at their respective positions but face sizable deficits. Shortstop Brandon Crawford (2,785,818 votes) is second to St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta (4,020,531). Second baseman Joe Panik (1,860,589) has about half as many votes as Miami's Dee Gordon (3,481,830). At first base, Brandon Belt (1,557,407) occupies fifth place, well behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (3,562,399).