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Quartet of Cardinals make MLB All-Star Team

(WMC-TV) - The St. Louis Cardinals are well represented at this year's All-Star game in Kansas City as four redbirds make the National League roster, managed by former St. Louis skipper Tony LaRussa.

Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal were both voted in as starters.

Beltran makes his seventh All-Star squad, and will get to do so in the city where he began his career.

The first year Cardinal has been better than even the most optimistic Cards fan could have hoped for, hitting .310, leading the National League with 61 RBI, and ranking second in home runs with 20.

Furcal earns his third All-Star bid, hitting .281 with five home runs and 52 runs scored.

Yadier Molina makes his fourth straight All-Star team, as the former Memphis Redbird is on pace for his best offensive season yet.

Molina is hitting .312 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.

Reliever turned starter Lance Lynn gets the All-Star nod for the first time.

The former Ole Miss Rebel has struggled of late, but has a 10-4 record with a 3.62 ERA this season.

A fifth Cardinal is vying for an All-Star spot, and his fate will be left in fans' hands.

World Series MVP David Freese is one of five players up for the National League All-Star Final Vote, as fans get to pick who gets the last roster spot in each league.

Freese will be up against some stiff competition, as the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn, along with Washington Nationals Rookie Phenom Bryce Harper are among the candidates.

Freese is hitting .280 with 13 homers and 48 Runs driven in.

Fans can vote online at MLB.com or via text message.

To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Message and data rates may apply. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

Voting ends Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.

The 83rd MLB All-Star game is Tuesday, July 10th at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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