06/28/11 3:00 PM ET
Time running out to support Angels in voting
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Infielders Howard Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis have put together strong seasons, but they're hard-pressed to make a dent in the voting at second base, shortstop and third base, respectively.
Also warranting some consideration at designated hitter is Bobby Abreu, still going strong after all these years, but he too is back in the pack heading down the stretch.
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A case can be made that Aybar, Izturis and Kendrick all have outperformed some of those ahead of them in the balloting.
"Making an All-Star team would be a great experience," Izturis said. "I'd love to do it. Howie and Erick also are having very good seasons, doing a lot of things to help us win. And Bobby is an All-Star to me."
Aybar, Izturis and Kendrick all are hoping to make the AL All-Star team for the first time. They're joined on the ballot by teammates Torii Hunter, a four-time All-Star, three-time All-Star Vernon Wells and two-time All-Star Abreu. Among designated hitters on the ballot, Abreu clearly rates the most productive in the midst of another quality season.
Also representing the Angels are first baseman Kendrys Morales (out for the season), outfielder Peter Bourjos and catcher Jeff Mathis.
Abreu has been an All-Star twice, in 2004 and '05, while playing for the Phillies. Among those he's competing with for the designated hitter assignment is former Angels star Vladimir Guerrero, now with the Orioles.
Hunter and Wells, formerly the Blue Jays' center fielder, were teammates for the AL last year in the All-Star Game at Angel Stadium. It was won by the National League, giving its eventual champion, the Giants, home-field advantage for the World Series.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.