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Yadi, J. Martinez need boost in NL ASG voting

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ST. LOUIS -- With 10 days left for fans to vote for this year's starters in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez and catcher Yadier Molina have both cracked the top five at their respective positions. Martinez is eyeing his first All-Star selection, and Molina is searching for his ninth.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

ST. LOUIS -- With 10 days left for fans to vote for this year's starters in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez and catcher Yadier Molina have both cracked the top five at their respective positions. Martinez is eyeing his first All-Star selection, and Molina is searching for his ninth.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

While they have generated notable fan support, it could be tough for Molina (584,054 votes) or Martinez (303,551) to be voted in. According to the most recent vote totals released by Major League Baseball on Monday, Martinez trails Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (2,199,904), as well as the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (899,953), Giants' Brandon Belt (571,177) and Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (472,164). Giants catcher Buster Posey (1,037,368), the Cubs' Willson Contreras (945,347) and Braves' Kurt Suzuki (584,054) are ahead of Molina.

Despite missing a month with a groin injury, Molina entered Monday tied for the National League lead among catchers with 11 home runs, and ranked fourth (minimum 150 at-bats) in OPS (.810). Molina, who's caught more games for one team than any player in MLB history, was an All-Star from 2009-15 and was selected again in '17.

Martinez is having the best season of his career and enetered Monday ranked fourth among qualifying first baseman in batting average (.300), RBIs (47), and slugging percentage (.492).

Video: STL@CIN: Martinez belts a pair of home runs vs. Reds

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 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.

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.

Sean Collins is a reporter for MLB.com.

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