ASG candidate Alexei gets off-day

ASG candidate Alexei gets off-day

TORONTO -- Alexei Ramirez was given a day off Saturday because of fatigue, said manager Robin Ventura.

The 32-year-old had a two-run home run in the White Sox 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday, but Ventura noticed some sluggishness from his shortstop, so he opted to give him some rest. Leury Garcia took his place in the lineup.

"He looked tired on the turf," Ventura said. "You see what happened to Eaton a few days ago. He just looked tired, a certain tiredness to him. Give him a day off, then we play four in a row."

Ramirez did not get the whole day off, however, as he came in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and delivered a crucial RBI single in his only at-bat of the day.

The Cuban native is still vying for a spot on the American League roster for the upcoming All-Star Game. He's currently second in AL balloting for shortstops, trailing only Derek Jeter. If successful, Ramirez would 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, he had amassed 1,933,117 votes.

He's reached base safely in 67 games this season, tied for third-most in the AL. He ranks first in hits among AL shortstops (92), is tied for first with eight home runs, and is second in both average (.293) and RBIs (38).

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.