BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy is getting a chance to play regularly, and that means he could also be voted to play in the All-Star Game.
Murphy, the Rangers' Opening Day left fielder, is on the 2012 All-Star ballot for the second time in his career, joining teammates Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz among the American League outfielders. The ballot was announced on Friday.
Hamilton has been voted to the team as a starter the past four years, the second longest streak in club history. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was voted as a starter nine straight times from 1993-2001.
Mike Napoli is on the ballot as the Rangers catcher along with first baseman Mitch Moreland, second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Michael Young is on the ballot as the Rangers designated hitter. Young has never been voted to the team as a starter but has been to the All-Star Game in seven of the past eight years. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 game and he started in 2009 at third base because of an injury to Evan Longoria. Beltre started at third base in 2011 in place of the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, who missed the game with knee soreness.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.
For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.