Beltran pacing Cards in All-Star Ballot update

Beltran pacing Cards in All-Star Ballot update

The first All-Star ballot updates are in, and a handful of Cardinals are in the mix to head to Kansas City on July 10 for the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran leads all Cardinals' vote-getters, and is second among National League outfielders with 1,212,030 votes. He trails only the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who has 1,952,910 votes. Matt Holliday and Jon Jay are also in the top 15 of NL outfielders. Holliday is sixth , and Jay 14th.

"It's great to be recognized," Beltran said. "It's an honor to be considered among the best players in the league. It's a special game."

Yadier Molina is the leading vote getter among NL catchers with 1,100,048 votes. He is just ahead of San Francisco backstop Buster Posey, who has 1,072,464 votes.

Lance Berkman, Rafael Furcal and David Freese are each in second place in the NL at their respective positions. Berkman has 634,473 votes for first base, Furcal has 803,254 for shortstop and Freese has received 824,801 at third base.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Mike Still is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.