Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal, who never has been voted an All-Star Game starter, has taken over the balloting lead at shortstop for the National League team for the July 10 All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Furcal leads Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki by some 94,000 votes.

"They finally want to see me, maybe," said Furcal, who was on All-Star clubs in 2003 and 2010 but never has been voted a starter. "That's why they vote. They want to see their favorite players."

Outfielder Carlos Beltran remains second — and a potential All-Star Game starter — in the outfield balloting. Matt Holliday is sixth.

Catcher Yadier Molina, a three-time All-Star, still is 154,000 votes behind San Francisco's Buster Posey.