Former Rangers Face Different ASG Fates

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This season has been all about second-guessing for Texas Rangers fans.

Prince Fielder barely played after being traded for Ian Kinsler, and when he did play, he wasn't nearly what fans or the Rangers hoped and expected he'd be. Kinsler, on the other hand, has had a good year for one of the best teams in baseball in the Detroit Tigers.

Nelson Cruz was let go in free agency and signed a bargain-basement deal with the Baltimore Orioles — one year for $8 million — and has set the league on fire with a league-leading 27 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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Cruz was voted by the fans as an All-Star Game starter for the American League, where he'll start the game next week in Minneapolis at designated hitter.

Kinsler, on the other hand, was one of the notable all-star snubs as he was passed over by fellow deserving candidates Robinson Cano, Jose Altuve and his former teammate, Adrian Beltre. But Kinsler has had an all-star caliber season in his first year in Detroit.

The second baseman is batting .302 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs to go with 26 doubles and two triples. He's on pace in just about every offensive category to have one of the best seasons of his career despite going to what was thought to be an offensive hell in Detroit's cavernous Comerica Park.

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