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Redmond looks to state Marlins' case to ASG skipper

Redmond looks to state Marlins' case to ASG skipper

ST. LOUIS -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond plans on having a discussion with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny regarding the National League All-Star squad.

Matheny will manage the NL squad in the Midsummer Classic, set for July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

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Redmond hopes to lobby for a couple of his players.

"I'm just going to talk to him and see what he's got going," Redmond said. "We've got a couple of guys, for sure. Hey, we'll see how it all shakes out, but you never know."

Matheny pretty much knows how the roster is shaping up.

From a Marlins perspective, the lock to make the team is right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who paces the NL in home runs (21) and RBIs (61). Stanton also is among the league leaders in hits (100), batting average (.313), slugging percentage (.581) and on-base percentage (.410).

The question is whether Stanton will be voted in by the fans as a starting outfielder. The 24-year-old was fourth -- behind Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Carlos Gomez (Brewers) and Yasiel Puig (Dodgers) -- in the latest ballot update.

If Stanton isn't voted in to start, he still could be in the starting lineup as the designated hitter. But that is Matheny's call.

"I'd love to see him DH," Redmond said. "I don't know how you don't put his bat in the lineup. I would want that, probably. That's not my call. I'd like to see him play, whether it's the DH or outfield."

Redmond also plans on talking to Matheny about Casey McGehee, who paces NL third basemen in RBIs (50) and batting average (.311).

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less