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Rangers' All-Star starting hopes in need of votes

Rangers' All-Star starting hopes in need of votes

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ST. LOUIS -- The Rangers are going to need a major surge in the final weeks of the All-Star voting to get a player in the American League starting lineup.

Lance Berkman is the only Rangers player who is higher than third place at his position in the latest balloting update released on Saturday. Berkman is second among designated hitters, but he's more than 1.7 million votes behind David Ortiz of the Red Sox.

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Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre are all in third place at their positions and trail significantly in the voting. Beltre has started two straight years at third base, but he's more than 3 million votes behind the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera.

Nelson Cruz is the closest of any player. He is sixth among outfielders, but approximately 320,000 votes behind Baltimore's Nick Markakis, who's in third place.

The Rangers have had at least two starters in the AL lineup in each of the past five seasons.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via a mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, fans must be logged into an MLB.com account when submitting any online ballot. To obtain an MLB.com account, visit www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 15.

Though originally scheduled for July 7, the 2013 rosters will now be unveiled Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. The show will be televised nationally on FOX.

From Saturday, July 6 to Thursday, July 11, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by freecreditscore.com for the final player for each League's All-Star roster.

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 2013 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 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 84th 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 SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING

(as of June 22)

FIRST BASE

Chris Davis, Orioles 3,960,299

Prince Fielder, Tigers 2,579,031

Mike Napoli, Red Sox 902,562

Albert Pujols, Angels 872,602

Mitch Moreland, Rangers 750,674

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, Yankees 3,032,183

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 2,135,499

Ian Kinsler, Rangers 1,329,136

Omar Infante, Tigers 1,191,119

Jose Altuve, Astros 850,577

SHORTSTOP

J.J. Hardy, Orioles 2,548,682

Jhonny Peralta, Tigers 1,838,500

Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1,616,834

Jed Lowrie, Athletics 1,207,486

Derek Jeter, Yankees 819,175

THIRD BASE

Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 4,337,223

Manny Machado, Orioles 2,097,804

Adrian Beltre, Rangers 1,334,195

Evan Longoria, Rays 1,106,984

Josh Donaldson, Athletics 635,581

CATCHER

Joe Mauer, Twins 2,788,972

Matt Wieters, Orioles 2,068,032

A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers 1,054,093

Carlos Santana, Indians 1,029,674

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox 966,196

DESIGNATED HITTER

David Ortiz, Red Sox 3,247,462

Lance Berkman, Rangers 1,519,503

Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays 1,091,593

Victor Martinez, Tigers 959,646

Mark Trumbo, Angels 919,036

OUTFIELD

Adam Jones, Orioles 3,571,693

Mike Trout, Angels 3,548,195

Nick Markakis, Orioles 1,915,860

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 1,867,367

Torii Hunter, Tigers 1,851,657

Nate McLouth, Orioles 1,660,080

Nelson Cruz, Rangers 1,595,371

Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox 1,289,195

Alex Gordon, Royals 1,239,771

Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics 1,183,926

Coco Crisp, Athletics 1,115,204

Austin Jackson, Tigers 983,469

Josh Hamilton, Angels 897,181

Shane Victorino, Red Sox 823,363

Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees 759,154

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.

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