Cards send 5 to All-Star game, Molina tops NL in votes

ST. LOUIS ( - Matt Carpenter made his All-Star plans about three-to-four weeks ago, purchasing a pair of plane tickets so that he and his wife, Mackenzie, could go house-hunting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

His realtor should soon expect a phone call.

Carpenter will have to wait a bit longer to settle on a new residence as his breakout season now includes an All-Star invitation. The second baseman was one of five Cardinals to be named to the National League team on Saturday. No NL team is better represented.

The selections include outfielder Carlos Beltran and catcher Yadier Molina, both of whom will be in the starting lineup after winning the fan vote at their respective positions. Molina received over 6.8 million votes, the most of any NL player. Beltran was less than 100,000 votes behind him as his total topped all outfielders.

They are joined on the roster by Carpenter and starter Adam Wainwright, who were elected through the players' vote, and first baseman Allen Craig, one of NL manager Bruce Bochy's selections.

This marks the third time in the last four years that the Cardinals have had at least five All-Star representatives. The Midsummer Classic will be played at Citi Field on July 16.

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