Abreu, White Sox seek All-Star voting push
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's seven-start stretch of domination, which includes five straight starts featuring double-digit strikeouts, could earn him his fourth straight All-Star Game appearance, but White Sox fans hoping to get a position player into the game have work to do based on the latest round of American League voting results cast from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released on Monday.
None of the White Sox position players rank in the Top 5 or Top 15 in the case of the outfield. First baseman Jose Abreu stands as the most deserving of the group, with right fielder Avisail Garcia another White Sox starter worthy of consideration.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.
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Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game 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 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
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Abreu homered in three straight games last week against the Astros and Rays, marking the first time in his career he accomplished that feat. He raised his home run total to 12 to go with 40 RBIs, a .291 average, a .345 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage.
Garcia is hitting .290 with seven homers, seven doubles and 25 RBIs. He has a .348 on-base percentage and .435 slugging.