SAN FRANCISCO -- Those fired-up Kansas City Royals fans haven't been able to move Alex Rios past Mike Trout and give the Royals nine All-Star starters, but they may be helping a former Royals outfielder.
Nori Aoki moved past Giancarlo Stanton in the latest round of All-Star voting and is now one of three outfielders in position to start for the National League. Aoki is behind Bryce Harper and Matt Holliday and is about 73,000 votes ahead of Stanton, who leads the Majors with 23 home runs and 59 RBI. Aoki is fifth in the league with a .324 average.
Buster Posey is also in position to start after sliding past Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Posey and Molina have gone back and forth in the voting, but Posey now leads by more than 300,000 votes. (Until the Cardinals figure out a way to hack the system and put Molina back on top.)
Brandon Crawford, perhaps the most deserving All-Star on the roster, is second at shortstop but trails St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta by over a million votes. Joe Panik is far behind Miami's Dee Gordon and St. Louis' Kolten Wong and Brandon Belt is a distant fifth at first base. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence rank ninth and 10th, respectively, in the outfield.