Rangers righty Alexi Ogando joins AL All-Stars

Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando was named to the AL

All-Star team by Major League Baseball on Sunday as a replacement

for New York Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.

Sabathia had been the replacement for Tampa Bay’s James Shields,

but Sabathia and Shields both pitched on Sunday, and Ogando was

next on the players’ ballot.

Ogando, a converted reliever, is 9-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 17

starts for Texas this season and will be making his first All-Star

appearance.

Ogando becomes the fifth Ranger who’ll participate in Tuesday

night’s game in Phoenix, joining outfielder Josh Hamilton, third

baseman Adrian Beltre, left-hander C.J. Wilson and designated

hitter Michael Young.