Andrus, Rangers need All-Star support

Andrus, Rangers need All-Star support

ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus is a two-time All-Star and has been the Rangers' best offensive player to this point. But he will need a serious push from fans to get back into the race for the starting shortstop spot on the American League All-Star team.

The Rangers were shut out of the top five spots in the infield and at catcher, and in the top 15 spots in the outfield in the latest update of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results released Wednesday.

Andrus is deserving of more consideration than he is getting. He went into Wednesday's game with the Rays hitting .288 with 30 runs scored, seven home runs and 27 RBIs.

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Nomar Mazara also deserves more consideration. He is hitting .285 with six home runs and 35 RBIs. Look for catcher Jonathan Lucroy to make a push. After a slow start, the two-time All-Star is hitting .324 with one home run and seven RBIs in his past 18 games.

Andrus' monster day at the plate

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.