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ARLINGTON -- While online fan voting continues through Wednesday, Major League players will be doing their All-Star voting this weekend. They select the reserves for each team along with five starters and three relievers.

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is considered a strong candidate to be selected by the players. Closer Joakim Soria deserves consideration as well even though the Rangers struggles have limited his chances for racking up many saves.

Soria was 15-for-16 in save opportunities going into Friday's game. He was seventh in the league in saves but had a lower WHIP (0.62) and opponents batting average (.141) than any of the other six relievers with more saves. Soria was twice an All-Star with the Royals, so to be selected again after a two-year odyssey recovering from Tommy John surgery would be extra special.

"It would mean a lot," Soria said. "It would be awesome. I never put limitations on what I could do or couldn't do. I put it in God's hands and he gave me the opportunity. I came all this way back because of Him."

Soria may have the best chance of any Rangers pitcher actually appearing in the game. Darvish will likely get selected but he is also scheduled to pitch on the Sunday before the break.

"If I were to get selected, I think I would go sight-seeing," Darvish said.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

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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