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Crawford, Posey in line to start 2018 ASG

Belt, Panik also among top NL vote-getters in first ballot update
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Two Giants players lead their positions in fan balloting for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The first National League balloting update was announced Monday on MLB Network.

VOTE NOW: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

Two Giants players lead their positions in fan balloting for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The first National League balloting update was announced Monday on MLB Network.

VOTE NOW: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

Shortstop Brandon Crawford and catcher Buster Posey were the top vote-getters in their respective positions in the initial tally. Crawford, with 466,021 votes, has a commanding early lead over Atlanta's Dansby Swanson (225,182).

"Not surprised at all," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Crawford. "He's a great athlete, you just appreciate their talent. This guy, for what he's done on both sides of the ball for this long, it's one of the best runs I've seen."

In his past 36 games, heading into Monday's series opener with the Marlins, Crawford hit a MLB-best .439 (58-for-132) with six homers, 16 doubles and 27 RBIs.

Video: CIN@SF: Crawford collects 4 hits vs. the Reds

"It's the first week of voting, hopefully it'll keep going," said Crawford, whose only All-Star campaign came as a reserve in 2015. "I appreciate it for sure and would love to start the All-Star Game. To be a starter in the All-Star Game, you would definitely be getting the fans' vote, so I would definitely appreciate those votes and the people recognizing my flight."

Posey, a five-time All-Star, leads all catchers with 281,331 votes. He has a narrow lead over the Cubs' Willson Contreras (259,427).

Brandon Belt is third among first basemen with 162,750 votes, and Joe Panik ranks fifth among second basemen with 62,325 votes.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Video: PHI@SF: Posey homers over the left-field wall

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com.

San Francisco Giants, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey