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Michael Young, Adrian Beltre, C.J. Wilson Selected To Join Josh Hamilton At MLB All-Star Game

Fans have voted Josh Hamilton to start in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12 in Phoenix. Hamilton was voted as one of the starting outfielders, along with Jose Bautista and Curtis Granderson and infielders Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Alex Avila will catch, and David Ortiz will DH for the AL. 

Three other Rangers - Michael Young, Adrian Beltre and C.J. Wilson - will join Hamilton at the game. Young will be considered a DH, but could offer manager Ron Washington some extra versatility since he can play all four infield spots. 

Wilson was chosen over teammate Alexi Ogando, presumably because he pitched more innings (117 to 97). Both pitchers have 8-3 records, but Ogando had a lower ERA and allowed many fewer baserunners on a per-inning basis. The Rangers also likely preferred that Ogando not make the team, since the club is looking to spare him innings however possible. 

The National League starting lineup has a fresher look than the AL, with Brian McCann at catcher, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Jose Reyes and Placido Polanco around the infield, and Ryan Braun, Lance Berkman and Matt Kemp in the outfield. Check out the full rosters on

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.