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Bonds, Molina hold steady in vote

Bonds, Molina hold steady in vote

The Giants still have an outside chance to put two position players on the National League All-Star squad for the first time since 2002.

Outfielder Barry Bonds and catcher Bengie Molina ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in voting at their positions, according to the latest balloting updates. Bonds trailed Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets, Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds and Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs, while Molina was lodged behind Russell Martin of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Paul Lo Duca of the Mets, Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves and Johnny Estrada of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bonds, a 13-time All-Star, and catcher Benito Santiago formed the Giants' last pair of All-Star position players five seasons ago. This would be a fitting year for a sizeable Giants representation, since they will host the 78th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10, at AT&T Park.

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Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

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Bonds accelerated his All-Star bid by hitting his 14th homer of the season Sunday. It also was the 748th of his career, leaving him seven behind all-time leader Hank Aaron.

With a .295 average and 33 RBIs through Sunday, Molina ranks among the NL's top catchers in both categories.

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

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