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Rangers need some help from the fans

Rangers need help from the fans

Michael Young is hot, on the field at least if not at the ballot box.

Young went into Tuesday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting .383 (36-for-94) with 11 runs scored and 12 RBIs in his previous 22 games.

That has raised his overall batting average from .228 to .284 and once again, Young has a real chance to hit .300 and finish with over 200 hits for the fourth straight year.

His success has not translated into votes in the All-Star balloting. Young has dropped out of the top five among American League shortstops, meaning he'll need either support from the players or American League manager Jim Leyland if he is to be selected to the All-Star Game for the fourth straight year.

The Rangers only have two players who showed up in the latest All-Star balloting. Ian Kinsler is fifth among American League second basemen and outfielder Sammy Sosa is 13th at his position.

Kinsler is hitting .230 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs and Sosa is hitting .242 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs.

Mark Teixeira, who was the Rangers Player of the Month for April, still hasn't cracked the top five at first base and now he is on the disabled list for at least two weeks with a pulled hamstring muscle. Teixeira is hitting .302 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs.

All-Star Game Coverage

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

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

Young and center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. represented the Rangers last year. Both were selected as reserves, marking the first time since 1991 that the Rangers did not have at least one player in the American League's starting lineup.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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