Verlander, Penny endorsing Avila on Twitter

Verlander, Penny endorsing Avila on Twitter

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander has more than 15,000 Twitter followers, but he hasn't posted much since joining the social networking site earlier this season.

But now there's a cause Verlander is fighting for on Twitter -- getting Tigers catcher Alex Avila into the All-Star Game.

"Need everyone's help getting Alex Avila to the All Star Game! Go to and place your vote #VoteAvila RT." Verlander posted on Friday.

Since then, Verlander has posted 14 tweets with the "Vote Avila" hashtag and has gotten fellow pitcher Brad Penny to use the tag in his tweets.

"They feel that I strongly deserve it, so he's going to obviously help out and try and get me in there," Avila said. "It definitely is really nice to know that they all support me."

All-Star voting on closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30 and rosters will be announced on July 3. In the latest update on Tuesday, Avila had risen to No. 2 in the standings, still trailing Yankees catcher Russell Martin by about 500,000 votes.