Aoki overtakes Stanton in NL All-Star voting
NEW YORK (AP) Even former Kansas City Royals are doing well in fan voting for the All-Star starters.
Nori Aoki has moved 70,000 votes ahead of Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the third NL outfield spot at Cincinnati on July 14, according to updated totals announced Tuesday.
Aoki left the AL pennant winners as a free agent during the offseason to sign with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Stanton began Tuesday with a major league-leading 23 home runs.
Washington's Bryce Harper leads outfielders at 6.06 million. He's followed by St. Louis' Matt Holliday, who is on the disabled list, at 3.7 million, and Aoki at 2.99 million.
Eight Royals led their positions in AL totals announced Monday.
San Francisco's Buster Posey moved 400,000 ahead of St. Louis' Yadier Molina at catcher. 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 the weekend of July 4-5.