Abreu, Avisail need fan support in All-Star voting

Abreu, Avisail need fan support in All-Star voting

CHICAGO -- The White Sox did not have a player in the Top 5 of any position in the latest American League voting results cast from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, announced Monday, nor did they have an outfielder in the Top 15.

That absence stems in part from the White Sox offense ranking last in the American League in home runs, runs scored and OPS during the first two months of the 2015 season. But the team certainly does have viable All-Star candidates in first baseman Jose Abreu and right fielder Avisail Garcia.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots. Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

Garcia's RBI single

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Abreu, 28, is looking for his second All-Star appearance in two seasons after being selected to play in Minnesota in 2014 during his AL Rookie of the Year campaign. Abreu is hitting .282 with eight homers, 29 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples and an .821 OPS through 46 games.

Garcia, 23, missed much of the 2014 season with an avulsion fracture and torn labrum in his left shoulder suffered while diving for a fly ball in Denver. But Garcia was able to work his way back to play 38 games after Aug. 16, which prepared him for the 2015 season. Through 41 games this year, Garcia has hit .323 with four homers, seven doubles, 18 RBIs and an .805 OPS.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.