ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Nomar Mazara and shortstop Elvis Andrus continue to spark the Rangers' offense, but need more support to have a shot at starting the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, on July 11 in Miami.The Rangers remain without a player showing up in the latest latest Esurance
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Nomar Mazara and shortstop Elvis Andrus continue to spark the Rangers' offense, but need more support to have a shot at starting the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, on July 11 in Miami.
The Rangers remain without a player showing up in the latest latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, which was released Tuesday. The Rangers are without a catcher or infielder in the top five at their position or in the top 15 among outfielders.
Mazara has been on a hot streak lately. He hit a three-run home run in the Rangers' 6-1 win over the Astros on Monday and is batting .349 with three home runs, 23 RBI, a .412 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage in his last 28 games. He is hitting .297 with eight home runs, 44 RBI, a .351 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage in 59 games this season.
Andrus had a 15-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday, but he is still hitting .297 with 38 runs scored, seven home runs, 35 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, a .341 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage for the season.
The Rangers have had at least one position player appear in an All-Star Game in each of the last 28 seasons. The last time they were represented only by a pitcher was Jeff Russell in 1988.
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.