ARLINGTON -- Reliever Joe Nathan has been to four All-Star Games. He also missed the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
After that major operation, Nathan's goal was just to get back to pitching effectively in the Major Leagues. He did just that, and now he's going back to the All-Star Game.
"This one is special, that's for sure,' Nathan said. "Going through Tommy John, this means a lot that I was able to get back to this level. A lot of people helped me get back here. It's definitely special."
American League roster
Mike Napoli, TEX
Prince Fielder, DET
Robinson Cano, NYY
Adrian Beltre, TEX
Derek Jeter, NYY
Josh Hamilton, TEX
Curtis Granderson, NYY
Jose Bautista, TOR
David Ortiz, BOS
Ryan Cook, OAK
Matt Harrison, TEX
Felix Hernandez, SEA
Jim Johnson, BAL
Joe Nathan, TEX
Chris Perez, CLE
David Price, TB
Fernando Rodney, TB
CC Sabathia, NYY
Chris Sale, CWS
Justin Verlander, DET
Jered Weaver, LAA
C.J. Wilson, LAA
Joe Mauer, MIN
Matt Wieters, BAL
Elvis Andrus, TEX
Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE
Miguel Cabrera, DET
Ian Kinsler, TEX
Paul Konerko, CWS
Adam Jones, BAL
Mike Trout, LAA
Mark Trumbo, LAA
Billy Butler, KC
Adam Dunn, CWS
Nathan, who has 18 saves and a 1.87 ERA, was one of a club-record seven Rangers named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday. He will be joined in Kansas City by pitcher Matt Harrison, catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton also set a record by receiving 11,073,744 votes, the most ever by a player in All-Star balloting.
"We have a great team," Hamilton said. "You look up and down our lineup ... We've been to two World Series in a row, and the reason is not one player, it's multiple players. They got us there two years in a row, and hopefully, we'll be there three years in a row."
The Rangers had two in the starting lineup in each of the past four seasons. Six Rangers were selected to the All-Star Game in 2010, and five last season. This is the third consecutive year they have had two pitchers selected. For the second straight season, the AL team will be led by Rangers manager Ron Washington, and he will be accompanied by his coaching staff again.
Beltre, Hamilton and Napoli were selected to the starting lineup in the fans' balloting. Kinsler was selected as a reserve in the players' vote and Andrus was added by Washington.
"He likes me, I guess," Andrus said.
Washington had the right to select seven players, including five pitchers, and used two of his picks to add Harrison and Nathan.
It will be the first All-Star appearance for Harrison, who is 11-3 with a 3.16 ERA. But this is also a pitcher who missed half of 2009 because of shoulder surgery and was so erratic as both a starter and a reliever that he was left off the postseason roster in 2010. But he was a 14-game winner in 2011, and now people are wondering if Washington will have him start the All-Star Game.
"It means a lot after all the stuff I've gone through the past couple of years," Harrison said. "But this organization stuck with me and gave me the opportunity. I'm just glad to be a part of this and [get to] continue to do what I'm doing."
This is also the first All-Star selection for Napoli, the first Rangers catcher to go since Ivan Rodriguez in 2002. Napoli is hitting .238 with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs, a .338 on-base percentage and a .444 slugging percentage.
"It's great," Napoli said. "I'm definitely happy, and hopefully I can ... do something to help us win. We're going to get a team together and try to win it. It gives you home-field advantage, and [we'll] try to win it so we can get home field for the AL."
Beltre was selected for the third consecutive year, and this will be his second year in a row to start. He was inserted into the AL starting lineup last year after Alex Rodriguez dropped out because of an injury.
Kinsler is also going for a third time after being named a reserve in 2008 and 2010. It will be the second time for Andrus, who went two years ago.
The Rangers are also waiting to see if pitcher Yu Darvish will join them. Darvish is one of five players up for consideration in the Final Vote, and if he's elected, it will be the first time the Rangers send three pitchers to the All-Star Game.
"We've got seven All-Stars, possibly eight All-Stars," Kinsler said. "It pretty much says you have a pretty good team. Other than that, I'm pretty sure we could have had a couple others, but that's not the way it works. Every team needs to be represented. As far as the guys representing the Rangers, we're going to try to represent the Rangers as best we can."
The 83rd Major League Baseball 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. Pregame ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.