Aybar warranting support on All-Star ballot

Aybar warranting support on All-Star ballot

KANSAS CITY -- The Angels lost to the Royals in walk-off fashion on Sunday, but shortstop Erick Aybar continued to make a case for his first All-Star Game appearance with a sixth-inning game-tying homer.

Aybar, 30 and in his ninth season, ranks fourth among American League shortstops in batting average (.283), fifth in on-base percentage (.323), first in slugging (.430) and second to White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez in Wins Above Replacement (2.1).

The switch-hitting speedster is batting .300 with runners in scoring position, giving him 41 RBIs -- third most on the Angels -- and prompting manager Mike Scioscia to bat Aybar fifth.

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 at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.