Aoki slides out of All-Star starting lineup

Giants outfielder falls to fourth in voting; Posey expands lead at catcher

Aoki slides out of All-Star starting lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- Speed is one of Nori Aoki's assets as a ballplayer, but he'll have to run a little harder to join the prospective starting outfield in the National League's All-Star balloting.

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The Giants' left fielder slipped to fourth in the latest NL voting update. With 4,349,685 votes, Aoki trails St. Louis' Matt Holliday, who has 4,716,941 votes, by a slender margin. Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (4,824,989 votes) has risen to second place, well behind balloting leader Bryce Harper of Washington (9,224,370). The top three vote-getters will gain election to the starting squad.

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Giants catcher Buster Posey lengthened his lead over St. Louis' Yadier Molina in the catchers' balloting, 6,510,231 to 5,251,040. Posey is bidding for his third All-Star selection.

At shortstop, San Francisco's Brandon Crawford remains in second place but has fallen farther behind St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta, 5,864,485 to 3,688,042. Second baseman Joe Panik occupies third place with 2,450,837 votes, well back of the leader, Miami's Dee Gordon (5,244,914).

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.