Sizzling Young needs All-Star support

Sizzling Young needs All-Star help

Michael Young is hot, but it's not helping him in the All-Star voting.

Young has dropped out of the top five among American League shortstops in the latest balloting for the All-Star Game, to be played at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 10. Second baseman Ian Kinsler has, too, leaving outfielder Sammy Sosa as the only Ranger who is still appearing among the leaders. Sosa is still 13th among American League outfielders.

Young went into Tuesday's game with the Chicago Cubs riding a 10-game hitting streak. During the streak, he was hitting .409 (18-44) with seven runs scored and 10 RBIs.

That had raised his overall average to .287 with 41 runs scored, four home runs and 40 RBIs. Young was hitting .397 for the month of June as opposed to his slow start in April, when he hit .215.

"I don't think Michael was ever in a slump," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I just think he was hitting into bad luck in April. We have tape of him, and if you watch it, you see him hitting line drives all over the ballpark that were getting caught. If that stuff had fallen in April, his numbers would be off the charts."

Young has played in three straight All-Star Games and each time was elected to the team by the players. He was the 2006 Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game, when he hit a two-run game-winning triple off of National League reliever Trevor Hoffman.

Sosa was hitting .246 with 11 home runs and a club-leading 51 RBIs.

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 to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

All-Star Game Coverage

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.

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