Washington pushes for Rangers All-Stars

Washington pushes for Rangers All-Stars

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he'll be surprised if a few of his players aren't selected to the 2010 All-Star Game held in Anaheim on July 13.

Most notably is third baseman Michael Young, who was third among American League third baseman behind Evan Longoria and Alex Rodriguez. Young has a .314 batting average this season with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs and recently became the Rangers' all-time hits leader. "Yeah, I'll be surprised if Michael isn't," Washington said. "We know about [Josh] Hamilton and we know about [Vladimir] Guerrero."

Washington thinks the entire left side of his infield should be there as well. In addition to Young, Washington thinks shortstop Elvis Andrus should be there.

"It depends if they decide to take a second shortstop. I think he should be," Washington said. "You know Derek Jeter will be the man."

Finally, Washington believes two of his relievers -- Darren Oliver and closer Neftali Feliz -- have done enough to earn a spot. Oliver has a 1.49 ERA and a 0.92 ERA in his past 27 games. Feliz meanwhile leads the AL with 21 saves.

"I think they should. But you've only got so many," Washington said. "I don't know how many closers Joe [Girardi] plans on bringing, but they certainly should. There's some pretty good pitchers out there and you can only take so many."

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on Sunday. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.