ARLINGTON -- Rangers players did their voting for the All-Star team on Friday. Their pitchers await the result of that voting from other players around the American League.
The fans vote for the starting nine position players and the players vote for the nine reserves. But the players also vote for five starting pitchers and three relievers. The Rangers have three starting pitchers deserving of at least consideration: Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41 ERA), Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00) and Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.45).
"It is what it is," Harrison said. "I'll be glad to go, the All-Star Game is an awesome experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But we have a bunch of guys throwing the ball well on our pitching staff. They're just as deserving to go as I am."
The AL will have a 13-man pitching staff. Manager Ron Washington, in charge of the AL team for the second straight year, gets to pick seven additional players, including five pitchers. Washington's first responsibility with his seven selections is making sure that every team has an All-Star representative.
The five starting pitchers selected by the players aren't locked in to going to Kansas City. Anybody who pitches on Sunday before the All-Star Game will be dropped from the roster. That's how the American League lost Justin Verlander, James Shields and C.C. Sabathia last year.
That's also how Alexi Ogando made the team. He finished high enough in the players' voting to be next in line when Sabathia dropped out. He was one of two Rangers starters to make the team. Washington also selected C.J. Wilson.
Closer Joe Nathan, who has a 1.57 ERA and 15 saves, should get consideration as one of the relievers.