Torii continues push for All-Star nod

Torii continues push for All-Star nod

BOSTON -- After an outburst of offensive production in May, outfielder Torii Hunter has made his first appearance among the leading American League vote-getters for the 2015 All-Star Game, according to Monday's balloting update. Fans can continue to show their support by voting for him on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Hunter ranked 14th among outfielders, with 386,847 votes. He compiled a .333/.391/.566 slash line while registering six home runs and 25 RBIs in 25 games last month, and his .279 season batting average ranks 10th-best among qualified AL outfielders.

Hunter was the only member of the Twins on the voting leaderboards, even though the team entered June with the AL's best record (30-19). Second baseman Brian Dozier (16 doubles), third baseman Trevor Plouffe (10 doubles) and first baseman Joe Mauer (11 doubles) have all been integral to the team's success, but none has seen much love in the polls yet.

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.

The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.