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Stanton needs help at polls in All-Star race

Marlins slugger dips to 4th place in NL outfield; Gordon leads at 2B
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MIAMI -- Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is leading the Major Leagues in home runs and RBIs. However, with the release of the latest Esurance All-Star ballot update, he needs votes to lead for a National League starting outfield position.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Giancarlo, Dee and other #ASGWorthy players

MIAMI -- Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is leading the Major Leagues in home runs and RBIs. However, with the release of the latest Esurance All-Star ballot update, he needs votes to lead for a National League starting outfield position.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Giancarlo, Dee and other #ASGWorthy players

Stanton -- with 2,922,350 votes -- sat in fourth place, as he was passed by San Francisco's Nori Aoki (2,995,899 votes) for the third starting outfield spot. The Marlins slugger entered Tuesday leading the Majors with 23 home runs and 59 RBIs. He was also batting .261. with 12 doubles.

Video: NYY@MIA: Marlins make ASG push for Stanton, Gordon"I certainly hope that people who are purists and love the game recognize what this kid's doing, what kind of year he's having and get him in that top three where he belongs," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "Because he belongs in that top three and he deserves to start in that All-Star Game in Cincinnati."

Marlins teammate Dee Gordon retained his hold on the starting second base spot.

Gordon, who has tallied 3,481,830 votes, was batting .352 with 22 stolen bases. His average ranked second in the Majors, as did his stolen-base total. Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is in second place with 3,124,973 votes.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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