Molina moving up in All-Star voting

Molina moving up in All-Star voting

Bengie Molina is finally getting some love in the All-Star balloting.

The Giants catcher, who has been the team's best clutch hitter all season, has climbed into the top five National League vote-getters at his position, according to the latest updates.

The Giants, who will host Major League Baseball's 78th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10, at AT&T Park, have had only six catchers represent them in the Midsummer Classic since moving to San Francisco in 1958: Bob Schmidt (1958), Ed Bailey (1961 and '63), Tom Haller (1966-67), Dick Dietz (1970), Bob Brenly (1984) and Benito Santiago (2002).

Molina would be a respectable addition to that list. He entered Monday batting .481 (13-for-27) with two outs and runners in scoring position. Molina had collected 20 of his 33 RBIs this season in those situations.

Molina joins Los Angeles' Russell Martin, the New York Mets' Paul Lo Duca, Atlanta's Brian McCann and Milwaukee's Johnny Estrada in the top five.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

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Giants left fielder Barry Bonds slipped to fourth in balloting among NL outfielders trailing the Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano by just over 42,000 votes. Bonds, who's nine homers short of Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755, is joined in the top five by the New York Mets' Carlos Beltran, Cincinnati's Ken Griffey Jr., Soriano and Atlanta's Andruw Jones.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.