Darvish getting Rangers' support for Final Vote

Darvish getting Rangers' support for Final Vote

Darvish getting Rangers' support for Final Vote
ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish might be the only person on his team who doesn't think he deserves to be an All-Star.

Final Vote candidates
American League
P Jonathan Broxton, KC
P Yu Darvish, TEX
P Ernesto Frieri, LAA
P Jason Hammel, BAL
P Jake Peavy, CWS
National League
OF Michael Bourn, ATL
3B David Freese, STL
OF Bryce Harper, WAS
2B Aaron Hill, ARI

The 25-year-old Japanese rookie was not chosen to make the American League All-Star team by fellow players or his manager, Ron Washington, who said he left him off the roster in hopes that he would win the AL 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone. If he beats out pitchers Jason Hammel, Ernesto Frieri, Jake Peavy and Jonathan Broxton in that Final Vote, he'll become the eighth Ranger to go to this year's All-Star Game.

"They're all good pitchers. Just being among them is an honor," Darvish said. "I'm aware that the fans get to vote for the last spot. There's nothing much I can say on that. I'll just stay quiet and see what happens."

To receive the Final Vote mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Darvish, simply text message A2 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available, and fans should text their choices to 101010. Std rates may apply.

Darvish, who said last week he didn't feel that he had earned a spot on the AL All-Star squad, is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 117 strikeouts, the third-most in the Majors. He has a chance to become one of the three Rangers pitchers at the All-Star Game. Matt Harrison (11-3, 3.16) and Joe Nathan (18 saves, 1.84 ERA) are Kansas City-bound.

"It's tough to predict what the fans are going to do, but he's had a great year considering that he's a rookie and he's had to learn on the fly," seven-time All-Star Michael Young said. "I do like the fact that he expects more out of himself. I think that bodes well for us. That's the way this team is wired."

Along with Harrison, Darvish is one of just two Rangers pitchers in the team's Opening Day rotation to avoid landing on the disabled list. He has thrown seven innings in five straight starts and thrown at least 105 pitches in each of his last seven.

"He's a workaholic, man," Washington said. "He takes pride in his physical fitness. He takes pride in the game of baseball. He takes pride in his ability to perform. It's why he's a winner."

With Colby Lewis (forearm tightness), Derek Holland (stomach virus) and Neftali Feliz (elbow inflammation) on the DL, the Rangers have had to shuffle their pitching staff around. Scott Feldman moved from the bullpen to the rotation, then back to the bullpen, and now back to the rotation again. Three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt signed a one-year deal with the Rangers on May 29. Justin Grimm and Martin Perez have been called up from the Minors to make starts.

"There's definitely a lot of good pitchers in this game. I think he's one of the top ones," Feldman said of Darvish. "He's lived up to all the hype that's surrounded him, which is tough to do."

"He's got great stuff. He can be an All-Star," Oswalt said. "He's actually come to me a bunch already and asked me some questions. I like how he wants to learn, and I've actually talked to him about a few things on his mechanics and his approach."

The Rangers announced on Monday that fans who vote for Darvish between now and 3 p.m. CT on Thursday will be entered into the club's 2012 Vote Darvish All-Star Game Final Vote Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will receive a luxury suite for the winner and 19 guests for a Sunday regular-season home game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The Rangers also announced that they have teamed up with their fellow defending West Division champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks, in this week's Final Vote drive. D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill is on the National League Final Vote ballot. The Rangers are encouraging fans on Twitter to use the hashtags #VoteYu and #FinHillVote when tweeting.

Now in its 11th year, the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell and continues until Thursday, July 5 at 3 p.m. CDT. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

The fun doesn't end with voting, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will 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.

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 7:30 p.m. (EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT). 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.

There will be an extra treat for fans who participate in the Final Vote. If you are not a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you are eligible to receive a 14-day free trial of MLB.TV from July 6-20. If you are a current MLB.TV subscriber (MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium), you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on July 6 to all Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.