Giancarlo Stanton moves into NL voting leaders; Bryce Harper sets record

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEW YORK -- Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton has moved back into position to start in next month's All-Star Game.

The Miami slugger rose from fourth to second among NL outfielders in totals announced Tuesday, with San Francisco's Nori Aoki dropping out of the top three.

More than 420 million votes have been cast, topping the previous mark of 391 million set two years ago. Each fan is allowed to vote up to 35 times.

The game in Cincinnati is July 14.

Washington's Bryce Harper leads NL outfielders with 9.2 million votes, followed by Stanton at 4.8 million, injured St. Louis star Matt Holliday at 4.7 million and Aoki at 4.3 million. Harper's total is a record for NL players, topping the 7.6 million for San Francisco's Buster Posey in 2012.

Posey opened a 1.25 million vote lead at catcher over St. Louis' Yadier Molina, up from 400,000 last week.

Other leaders include Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami second baseman Dee Gordon, St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta and Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter.

Voting runs through July 2, and starters are likely to be announced July 5.