Alexei, Abreu holding strong in AL All-Star voting

Alexei, Abreu holding strong in AL All-Star voting

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alexei Ramirez's red-hot start has dropped to the low simmer level, but the White Sox shortstop's impressive overall first half continues to draw strong attention from American League All-Star voters.

According to the latest results released on Sunday, Ramirez holds steady at No. 2 among AL shortstops behind the Yankees Derek Jeter. Ramirez has 1,933,117 votes, compared to Jeter's top total of 2,353,336. Teammate Jose Abreu also stands second at first base behind the Tigers Miguel Cabrera.

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Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14.

The 2014 AL and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

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Ramirez ranks second among the statistical leaders for AL shortstops in RBIs, home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He still carries these lofty rankings despite going 95 plate appearances without a RBI and an average around .210 over his last 18 games entering Sunday.

Abreu's latest vote total checks in at 1,420,294, trailing Cabrera's total of 2,645,000. Despite missing 14 games on the disabled list with left ankle tendinitis, Abreu is on pace for 45 homers and 119 RBIs.

Entering Sunday, Abreu had gone deep in eight different ballparks, with his nine at U.S. Cellular Field topping the charts. Nineteen different pitchers have given up homers to Abreu, with Cleveland's Danny Salazar and Detroit's Justin Verlander the only hurlers to allow two to the slugger. Abreu had 12 homers on the road and nine at home. And according to baseball-reference.com, he has hit two homers in high-leverage situations, 10 in medium-leverage and nine in low-leverage, while hitting nine with two out, seven with one out and five with nobody out.

Both players took part in a four game weekend series at Target Field, the site of the upcoming All-Star Game, but they were more focused on trying to beat the Twins.

"My mind is not on the All-Star Game right now. My mind is really on staying with the team. Playing with the team," said Ramirez through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "I have no control over the All-Star Game situation. So I'm just taking care of myself to try to help the team."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.