Sabtu, 11 Juli 2009

Josh Hamilton, Young named to All-Star team

Josh Hamilton is on his way to a additional beeline All-Star Game. He aloof needs to accomplishment up his additional break on the disabled account and his medical rehabilitation appointment at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Hamilton, who is on the DL afterwards ability anaplasty on June 9 to adjustment a broken belly muscle, was called by the admirers to alpha for the American Alliance at the 80th anniversary All-Star Bold on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Hamilton accomplished third in fan voting amid AL outfielders abaft Boston's Jason Bay and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki.

"It feels absolutely an honor," said Hamilton from Oklahoma City, area he was accepting accessible to comedy in a doubleheader for the RedHawks. "I affectionate of accept alloyed feelings. I don't alone feel like I deserve to go, but the admirers voted me in, so I'm absolutely blessed about that. It's an account to go for a additional beeline year."

Hamilton will be abutting by third baseman Michael Young, who was called as a assets for the sixth beeline year. Evan Longoria was a delinquent champ in the fans' vote at third base, but Young was called by the players' vote. Young was batting .314 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs activity into Sunday night's bold adjoin the Rays. He has been to bristles beeline All-Star Amateur as a shortstop, but this is his aboriginal as a third baseman.

"That agency a lot," Young said. "Going aback to the winter there was bags of ambiguity about how it would all comedy out. Once again, it's an account to be the players' selection. It's the ultimate honor. At the end of my career, I'm not activity to attending aback at how abounding All-Star Amateur I went to, but how I got there."

Young has been to added All-Star Amateur than any added Rangers amateur in history, except catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who went to 10 while with the Rangers.

Hamilton and Young are the alone two Rangers called to the team. Additional baseman Ian Kinsler led fan voting at his position through about the absolute voting process, but he was anesthetized at the end by Boston's Dustin Pedroia. Aaron Hill won the players' vote at additional base, with Kinsler finishing additional in both ballots.

But Kinsler can still accomplish it to St. Louis by way of the Sprint Final Vote competition. The additional baseman is one of bristles candidates for the AL nod, which admirers can vote on until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday.

Pitcher Kevin Millwood was not called to the AL All-Star aggregation admitting actuality fifth in the alliance with a 2.80 ERA. He was not amid the bristles starters called by the players, and Rays administrator Joe Maddon chose bristles pitchers: starters Tim Wakefield, Mark Buehrle and Felix Hernandez and relievers Andrew Bailey and Brian Fuentes.

"The alone one I'm absolutely aghast in was Millwood," Rangers administrator Ron Washington said. "I don't anticipate there is anybody in the bold who has been important to his aggregation as he has been to us. Whenever we bare it, he delivered."

Hamilton has fabricated it bright he will not be in the Home Run Derby. He set a almanac by hitting 28 home runs in the aboriginal annular aftermost year at Yankee Stadium afore accident out to Justin Morneau in the finals. His injuries accept precluded an acclamation achievement this season.

"I had planned on accomplishing the Home Run Derby if I got aback afore I went on the disabled account twice," Hamilton said

Hamilton was 2-for-20 in his aboriginal four adjust games, one at Frisco and three in Oklahoma City. He was appointed to comedy in the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, and the Rangers were activity to accomplish a accommodation afterwards that if he will be accessible to be activated for a three-game alternation adjoin the Angels that starts on Monday in Anaheim.

"Right now, I apprehend to be aback on this accessible alley cruise and aback on the aggregation and playing," Hamilton said. "Rehab is activity good. The concrete allotment is fine, I'm aloof aggravating to do a brace of things with my beat and get on clue with that. Every day feels better. If I wasn't authoritative progress, I'd be worried, but I am authoritative progress."

Hamilton has played in aloof 35 of the Rangers' aboriginal 79 games, and he is hitting .240 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. He has a .290 on-base allotment and a .456 slugging percentage.

The outfielder has been on the disabled account back June 2. He additionally absent two weeks at the alpha of May because of a aching larboard rib cage. Both injuries occurred abolition into walls block fly balls.

This is the additional year in a row that Hamilton has been called to alpha for the AL. He is the aboriginal Texas amateur to be called to alpha in after All-Star Amateur back Alex Rodriguez started three beeline in 2001-03. No Rangers outfielder has been called to alpha in after All-Star Games.

The 80th Major Alliance Baseball All-Star Bold will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised about the apple by Major Alliance Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies alpha at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will accommodate absolute civic radio coverage, while will accommodate all-encompassing online coverage. XM will accommodate accessory radio annual advantage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.

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