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Yadi widens lead, 'mates need boost for ASG start

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ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina remains the leading vote-getter at catcher for the National League in the race to start behind the plate at the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. Buster Posey is still in second after the third update of NL vote totals for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot released Wednesday.

Molina widened his lead of 14,882 votes to 77,287 over Posey. Molina and Posey have combined to win each of the last four and six of the last seven fan elections for the NL at catcher. The Cardinals catcher hit .400 with eight hits, two doubles and two RBIs since the last update on June 8.

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina remains the leading vote-getter at catcher for the National League in the race to start behind the plate at the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. Buster Posey is still in second after the third update of NL vote totals for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game ballot released Wednesday.

Molina widened his lead of 14,882 votes to 77,287 over Posey. Molina and Posey have combined to win each of the last four and six of the last seven fan elections for the NL at catcher. The Cardinals catcher hit .400 with eight hits, two doubles and two RBIs since the last update on June 8.

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Matt Carpenter remained in third place in the race to start at third base. He picked up 154,336 votes and is still trying to catch the Cubs' Kris Bryant in first and the Rockies' Nolan Arenado in second. Both players are over 700,000 votes in front of Carpenter.

Stephen Piscotty grabbed another 155,288 votes to hop over the Mets' Michael Conforto for 11th place among outfielders. Matt Holliday made his debut on the list right behind Piscotty in 12th place with 335,257 votes. He hit .353 with two home runs and five RBIs over the past week.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Stephen Piscotty