Molina attends daughter's birth, and plays -

Molina attends daughter's birth, and plays

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Yadier Molina had a big day before the St. Louis Cardinals hit the field, attending to the birth of his daughter and getting voted in as a starter on the National League All-Star team for the second straight year.

Manager Tony La Russa said Sunday he asked Molina several days ago if he needed a day off. Molina, who has two children, told the manager he wanted to play.

Molina was the top vote-getter based on defense. He was batting .231 and was in a 4 for 49 slump entering Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. But he's been strong behind the plate, throwing out a major league-leading 41 percent of baserunners since 2005.

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