Furcal, Beltran eye All-Star start; Yadi needs help

Furcal, Beltran eye All-Star start; Yadi needs help

Furcal, Beltran eye All-Star start; Yadi needs help
MIAMI -- St. Louis may be two games back in the National League Central, but two Cardinals are leading the way in All-Star voting.

Shortstop Rafael Furcal and right fielder Carlos Beltran are both first among NL players at their respective positions in the latest All-Star balloting released Tuesday.

Furcal, a two-time All-Star and a major catalyst for the Cardinals offense, holds a comfortable lead over Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with just two days left to vote. Beltran, meanwhile, is second among all NL outfielders, with only Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp garnering more votes.

Kemp, the NL captain for the Home Run Derby, is responsible for choosing three other NL participants for the Derby, and Beltran, who is tied with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for most homers in the NL with 20, could find himself taking part in the event for the first time in his career.

Catcher Yadier Molina remains within striking distance of San Francisco's Buster Posey, but needs help, as he trails by less than 217,000 votes.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

While Furcal and Beltran appear to be locks for the Midsummer Classic, four other Cardinals are among the top vote-getters at their positions. That list includes Molina and Lance Berkman, who is second among first baseman but sidelined after tearing the meniscus in his right knee last month.

Third baseman David Freese has the third-most votes at the position, trailing the Mets' David Wright and the Giants' Pablo Sandoval.

Matt Holliday is sixth among all NL outfielders, and is currently playing his best baseball of the season, hitting above .300 for the first time since last September.

Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.