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Andrus gets boost in Final Vote candidacy

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ARLINGTON -- To help shortstop Elvis Andrus reach his third All-Star Game, the Rangers are stepping up their efforts to help him get there on and off the field.

Andrus is one of five American League players vying for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. To ensure he receives as many votes as possible to attend the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, the Rangers are running a handful of promotions to support his candidacy.

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ARLINGTON -- To help shortstop Elvis Andrus reach his third All-Star Game, the Rangers are stepping up their efforts to help him get there on and off the field.

Andrus is one of five American League players vying for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. To ensure he receives as many votes as possible to attend the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, the Rangers are running a handful of promotions to support his candidacy.

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The Rangers held a "Power Hour" during Monday's game against the Red Sox from 6-7 p.m. CT, where all fans were encouraged to vote for Andrus as many times as possible. There will also be a "Vote for Elvis" session held during the fourth inning, where fans will be encouraged to vote for Andrus.

Cast your Esurance Final Vote for Andrus

Fans can cast ballots on MLB.com, club sites and mobile devices until Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced during MLB Tonight, live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday. Fans can vote for Andrus via text message up to 35 times per phone until Thursday's deadline. To vote for Andrus, text A1 to 89269. Message and data rates may apply. Text "STOP" to end and "HELP" for information.

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Fans can also show their support for Andrus by tweeting #ElectElvis, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, any tweet that includes #ElectElvis will count toward his vote total.

The club is also partnering with the Washington Nationals and NL Final Vote candidate Anthony Rendon (#VoteRendon and text to N3) in the 2017 All-Star Game Final Vote effort.

Andrus, who was selected as the Rangers' Player of the Month in May and June, entered Monday's game batting .302 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 80 games. He is among the AL leaders in stolen bases (second, 20), multihit games (third, 30), hits (fourth, 97), and average (14th). Andrus was selected as a reserve on AL All-Star teams in 2010 and '12.

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Andrus said he'd be honored to be voted in and join Rangers teammate Yu Darvish -- the only other member of the club to be named an All-Star -- and that with the birth of his child soon, it'd be another "gift" he'd be ecstatic to receive.

"I leave everything on the field," Andrus said. "And like I said, if I go, it'd be amazing. I got my kid coming soon, so that'd be two amazing gifts."

Rangers players and coaches are wearing special "#VoteForElvis" T-shirts during batting practice to spread the word as well.

Interactive map: Where are the votes coming from?

Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. CT, tune in to the 2017 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 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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