TORONTO -- Alexei Ramirez has cooled off in the month of June after a hot start to the season, but on Friday he avoided going hitless in a third straight game for the first time this season.
The White Sox shortstop has stumbled through his last 24 games, during which he's watched his batting average drop from .329 to .293.
But despite that, the 32-year-old is still vying to become the first White Sox shortstop to make the All-Star Game since Ozzie Guillen in 1991. As of the last balloting update for the American League voting, Ramirez trailed only Derek Jeter in total votes among AL shortstops with 1,933,117.
The Cuban native went 1-for-4 in Friday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays, but his one hit was a big two-run home run in the seventh inning. It was his first home run since May 23. Ramirez ranks first among AL shortstops in hits (92) and average (.293), and is in the top three in RBIs (38) and OBP (.323).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less