6/27/2014 11:53 P.M. ET
Slumping Alexei still has All-Star numbers
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
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).
White Sox teammate Jose Abreu is ranked second among AL first basemen with 1,420,294 votes, trailing only Miguel Cabrera.
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.
Eaton out of lineup with leg soreness
TORONTO -- Center fielder Adam Eaton was out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays after leaving the series opener in the top of the first inning with soreness in his legs.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't pinpoint the exact nature of the injury during a pregame interview with reporters, but said it's likely similar to the right hamstring injury that landed Eaton on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season -- just not as severe.
"It's probably hamstring more than anything," Ventura said. "Similar to what he had last time, just not to the degree that he would need to sit out as much. But I think it gets to the point where [his legs] are tired and sore, and you have to rest them."
Facing Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, Eaton sent a chopper to second base on the second pitch of the game on Thursday. He hustled down the line in an attempt to beat it out, but was thrown out by Munenori Kawasaki.
Eaton appeared to wince on the play, and when the White Sox took the field in the bottom half of the inning, he was replaced in center field by Leury Garcia.
Ventura said giving Eaton the day off early in the team's four-game series on the artificial turf at Rogers Centre could also be beneficial.
"I would've done it anyway, but the fact we're on turf, it probably helps that it's here," he said. "It will help later, but if we were at home and the same thing happened we'd still be doing the same thing."
The 25-year-old Eaton, who spent on time on the DL with a strained right hamstring in May, is hitting .284 with one home run and 22 RBIs this season. His 20-game on-base streak and 12-game hitting streak came to an end with Thursday's injury.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.