Andrus among top 5 shortstops on ASG ballot

Rangers outfielders Mazara, Desmond also worthy of votes

Andrus among top 5 shortstops on ASG ballot

ARLINGTON -- Even though the Rangers held the best record in the American League (35-22) entering Tuesday's action, they are not getting much love through the second update on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was batting .289, was No. 5 out of AL shortstops and was the team's only player in the top five (top 15 for the outfield) at his position.

"That would be awesome," Andrus said. "As a player, that's what you want. We'll see what happens."

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Andrus was a critical performer in the team's sweep over the Mariners this past weekend, scoring the tying run in the series finale Sunday by faking out Mariners left fielder Stefen Romero on a sacrifice fly. He's also shored up the left side of the infield for the Rangers, who have the fourth-highest fielding percentage in the AL.

A couple of Rangers outfielders also are deserving of consideration, as well. Nomar Mazara had the second-highest batting average among qualifying AL outfielders at .319, and his 10 homers were tied for the most out of AL rookies. But he's not on the ballot and will need a write-in campaign.

Right behind Mazara is Ian Desmond, whose .307 average was No. 3 among AL outfielders and one point higher than that of Mike Trout, who had the third-most votes of any player in the AL.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times. 

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. 

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.