ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Michael Young's run of six straight All-Star Games is coming to an end. Young finished fourth in the Final Vote for the last spot on the American League All-Star team for next week's game in Anaheim. Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher edged out Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis in the closest race ever in the nine-year history of the Final Vote. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko finished third and Young finished ahead of Twins outfielder Delmon Young. This will be the first time that Young has had three days off at the All-Star break since 2003.
"I'd rather go to the game," Young said. "But I haven't had the time off in a long time so I'm going to make the most of it. I don't think there is a guy in the big leagues -- whether he has been to zero All-Star Games or 10 -- who would rather be home than at the All-Star Game." Young is 4-for-12 (.333) with a double and a triple in five All-Star appearances. He was selected for the 2007 game in San Francisco but did not play. Young was the Most Valuable Player in the '05 All-Star Game when he hit a two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning off of reliever Trevor Hoffman to give the AL a 3-2 victory. Young also drove home the winning run in the 15th inning of the 2008 All-Star Game, giving the AL a 4-3 victory. The AL has won all six games with Young on the roster. There is still a possibility that he could make the team if there is an injury. If not, his streak is over but only catcher Ivan Rodriguez has been to more All-Star Games with the Rangers than Young.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.