Hamilton Leads Rangers Into All-Star Game

Rangers, Yanks and Giants get 3 All-Star starters


Slugger Josh Hamilton led seven Texas players chosen for the All-Star game, while three San Francisco Giants rallied in the final week of fan voting to claim starting spots.

Texas rookie pitcher Yu Darvish is among the AL choices for the final slot.  Click here if you'd like to vote to put Darvish in the game. 

Hamilton drew a record total of more than 11 million votes to start in the AL outfield, along with Texas teammates Adrian Beltre at third base and Mike Napoli at catcher. A postseason star last year, Napoli has started only about half the time at that spot this year, but still easily outdistanced Minnesota's Joe Mauer.

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Second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus, starter Matt Harrison and reliever Joe Nathan also made the AL roster from Texas. The two-time AL champion Rangers began the day with a major league-best 50 wins.

"There's so many All-Stars out there, and we have a whole team of them," AL manager Ron Washington of Texas told TBS.

Washington fastballer Stephen Strasburg and Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey also were among the 66 players chosen Sunday for the All-Star game July 10 in Kansas City. 

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