Rangers have seven All-Stars for now

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers set a franchise
record as they had seven players selected for the American League
All-Star team.

That number could increase one more as
right-hander Yu Darvish is one of five pitchers on the ballot for the
Final Vote team.

Even if Darvish doesn’t make the
team, it’s already been an impressive All-Star haul for the Rangers.
Texas had three starters voted into the game for the first time and
outfielder Josh Hamilton set a fan-voting record with 11,073,744 votes,
more than three million votes better than the old mark set by Jose
Bautista last year.

In addition to Hamilton, Mike
Napoli won the vote at catcher and will be an All-Star for the first
time. Adrian Beltre was voted in as a starter for the first time
too.

Texas manager Ron Washington, who will manage
the team for a second-consecutive year, used three of his manager’s
picks for his own players as left-hander Matt Harrison, right-hander Joe
Nathan and shortstop Elvis Andrus made the team. Second baseman Ian
Kinsler is also an All-Star for the third time as he was a player’s
selection.

Washington had no problem picking his own
players.

“I picked them because they’re deserving of
being All-Stars,” Washington said. “I didn’t pick my guys being
selfish.”

Washington also said Darvish, who has 10
wins and is starting today, is deserving of an All-Star nod. Darvish
will have to get it via the fan vote as he’s up against four other
pitchers – Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles’ 
Ernesto Frieri, Chicago’s Jake Peavy and Baltimore’s Jason
Hammel.

“In order to get the guys I feel are
All-Stars on there, and Yu is certainly one of them, I just feel like he
has a good chance of winning the five-man vote,” Washington said. “Both
he and Nathan and Harry are having outstanding years. I do feel like
each and every one of them are deserving of being an All-Star. I just
felt like this was the best way to do this to make sure that
happens.”

This marks the fifth-consecutive year the
Rangers have had at least one starter voted in by the fans and the
fourth time in the last five years the Rangers have had at least four
All-Star picks.

Washington said it was tough leaving
rookie left-hander Robbie Ross off the team. Ross is 6-0 with a 1.08 ERA
in 30 appearances.