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Avisail locked in race for OF spot in ASG

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CHICAGO -- The hits and RBIs keep coming for White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia. And so do the All-Star votes.

In the third week of voting, with American League results released Tuesday, Garcia sits sixth among AL All-Star outfielders with 698,876 votes. He trails Aaron Judge (1,893,260), Mike Trout (1,582,782) and George Springer (804,826), as well as Michael Brantley (776,487) and Mookie Betts (714,185) in the outfield. Garcia stands as the lone White Sox position player among the Top 15 in the outfield or the Top 5 anywhere else among the voting.

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CHICAGO -- The hits and RBIs keep coming for White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia. And so do the All-Star votes.

In the third week of voting, with American League results released Tuesday, Garcia sits sixth among AL All-Star outfielders with 698,876 votes. He trails Aaron Judge (1,893,260), Mike Trout (1,582,782) and George Springer (804,826), as well as Michael Brantley (776,487) and Mookie Betts (714,185) in the outfield. Garcia stands as the lone White Sox position player among the Top 15 in the outfield or the Top 5 anywhere else among the voting.

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For his part, Garcia won't yet allow himself to think about a first All-Star experience.

"No. Long season, man," said Garcia after his two-hit, three-RBI performance during Monday's 10-7 win over the Orioles raised his average to .333 and his RBI total to 45. "It's a plus. Lots of games is a plus. You just gotta keep working, focus on what's to come."

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Garcia ranks second in the AL in batting average, trailing Judge, and fourth in RBIs. He also sits ninth with a .921 OPS, and Garcia has never gone more than three straight hitless games in starts this season. He has 24 multihit games and is batting .458 against left-handed pitchers.

"Focus and keep working at it every day and every at-bat trying to do my best and trying to help my team win," said Garcia of his 2017 breakout. "I have more experience right now, I've been in the league for a little bit, and you just gotta keep working."

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.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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