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Elvis seeks big Final Vote boost

Shortstop, on paternity list, sitting fourth in final hours
MLB.com @Sullivan_Ranger

ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is still running fourth in the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote, but that might not be foremost on his mind.

Andrus went on paternity leave Wednesday to be with his wife, Cori, who delivered their first child, a son named Elvis Emilio, early Thursday morning. The paternity leave allows Andrus to be away from the team for a maximum of 72 hours.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is still running fourth in the Esurance All-Star Game Final Vote, but that might not be foremost on his mind.

Andrus went on paternity leave Wednesday to be with his wife, Cori, who delivered their first child, a son named Elvis Emilio, early Thursday morning. The paternity leave allows Andrus to be away from the team for a maximum of 72 hours.

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Tweet from @RangerBlake: Elvis Andrus' wife Cori gave birth to Elvis Emilio at 1:22 am this morning. Everyone is doing fine. Congratulations! #ElectElvis

The Rangers called up infielder Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock to replace him. This is the first time in Andrus' nine-year Major League career that he has not been on the active roster. He has never been on the disabled list.

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"That is incredible," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm floored. I knew he hadn't in my tenure [2015-17] here. That speaks volumes for him."

Andrus will still be able to go to the All-Star Game if he gets a late push in the voting, which ends at 3 p.m. CT today. Fans are encouraged to vote online an unlimited amount of times at mlb.com/vote or by texting "A1" to 89269 a maximum of 35 votes. Starting at 9 a.m. on today, fans can also cast votes on Twitter with any tweet or retweet containing the #ElectElvis hashtag.

Tweet from @Rangers: Joey ���������s Elvis. So do you.#ElectElvis: https://t.co/TYWJhYdqim OR text A1 to 89269 pic.twitter.com/0U15ZjTZHB

Andrus is up against Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Rays first baseman Logan Morrison and Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas for the 32nd and final spot on the American League All-Star team.

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Andrus is hitting .301 with 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Andrus recorded his 100th hit on Tuesday to become just the 15th player since 1933 to have at least 100 hits, 20 doubles, 20 steals and 50 RBIs before the All-Star break. Eleven of the previous 14 played in the All-Star Game, including the last eight going back to 1998.

The Rangers' social messaging to #ElectElvis has been retweeted over the last 24 hours by the official accounts of the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Motor Speedway, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, former Dallas Star and NHL Hall of Famer Mike Modano, and 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Madison Kocian.

Andrus is trying to go the All-Star Game for the third time in his career and first since 2012. He is hoping to join teammate Yu Darvish for the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, scheduled for Tuesday at Marlins Park in Miami.

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.

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