AL All-Star roster heavy on Texas Rangers

Harper among NL online choices

Josh Hamilton is set to lead a Texas parade to the All-Star Game.
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Josh Hamilton is set to lead a Texas parade to the All-Star Game.

NEW YORK — Josh Hamilton is set to lead a Texas parade to the All-Star Game. Now, fans will decide if Chipper Jones gets one final appearance or whether it’s time for teen sensation Bryce Harper.

Hamilton drew a record total of more than 11 million votes, and the slugger was among seven Rangers chosen Sunday as All-Stars. A trio of Giants rallied in the last week to claim spots while three Yankees also made the starting lineup.

‘‘I don’t think the Texas Rangers have to apologize because we’ve got good players,’’ AL manager Ron Washington of Texas said. ‘‘I certainly didn’t pick my guys being selfish, I picked them very deserving of being All-Stars, bottom line.’’


Washington fastballer Stephen Strasburg and Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey were two of the 66 players chosen by fans, managers, and big leaguers for the showcase July 10 in Kansas City, Mo. So was 20-year-old Angels rookie outfielder Mike Trout, who leads the AL in hitting at .339 and drew more than 800,000 write-in votes.

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Few of the races for starting spots were close and there seemed to be little complaining about the fans’ choices.

But there certainly will be campaigning this week when it comes to Jones and Harper after they were left off — for now, anyway.

The NL and AL each have one spot left, with fans voting online through Thursday to select one of five candidates in both leagues. Jones and Harper are two of the NL possibilities.

At 40, Jones is a seven-time All-Star and plans to retire after this season. Banged up, the Atlanta third baseman has managed to hit near .300.


‘‘This being my last year, it would be fun to go. I’d love to take my kids,’’ Jones said.

At 19, Harper started the season in Triple A. The Washington outfielder has dazzled since his promotion with his bat, arm, and flat-out hustle.

‘‘I’m an old-timer, so I’d probably lean toward Chipper,’’ NL manager Tony La Russa said on the TBS Network selection show.

The other NL candidates: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill, Atlanta outfielder Michael Bourn, and St. Louis third baseman David Freese.

The five candidates for the final AL roster spot are all righthanded pitchers: Texas rookie Yu Darvish and fellow starters Jake Peavy of the White Sox and Jason Hammel of Baltimore, and relievers Jonathan Broxton of the Royals and Ernesto Frieri of the Angels.


Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, catcher Buster Posey, and outfielder Melky Cabrera of San Francisco overcame late deficits to win starting spots. Giants ace Matt Cain, who pitched a perfect game in June, made the NL pitching staff.

Texas will have a team-record three starters. Hamilton, who hit four homers in a game earlier this season and leads the majors in RBIs, will be in the outfield with Adrian Beltre at third base and Mike Napoli at catcher. A postseason star last year, Napoli has started only about half the time at that spot this year, but still easily outdistanced Minnesota’s Joe Mauer.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus, starter Matt Harrison, and reliever Joe Nathan also made the AL roster from Texas. The two-time AL champions began the day with a major league-best 50 wins.

‘‘You look up and down our lineup and we’ve been in the World Series the last two years in a row, and there’s a reason,’’ Hamilton said. ‘‘It’s not just one player, but multiple players that have got us there.’’

Derek Jeter became a 13-time All-Star shortstop and will start for the AL with Yankees teammates Robinson Cano at second base and Curtis Granderson in the outfield. Injured New York pitcher CC Sabathia was picked, too, and will attend the festivities but not play.

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp edged Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun by 100,000 votes for the third spot in the NL outfield — Kemp, beaten out by Braun for the NL MVP award last year, is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and looks doubtful to play.

Dickey, at 37, made his first All-Star team. He leads the majors with 12 wins and could become just the second knuckleballer to start an All-Star Game. Dutch Leonard did it in 1943, according to STATS LLC.

‘‘It’s an honor for every person who’s ever helped me along the way and every fan that believed that special things could happen if you apply yourself,’’ Dickey said. ‘‘So it’s a need to be able to celebrate that with a network of people.”

The fans, players, and managers combined to pick 14 first-time All-Stars in the NL, including Chicago first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair (a native of Worcester, Mass.), Cincinnati reliever Aroldis Chapman, and San Diego closer Huston Street.

There were nine first-timers in the AL, including designated hitter Billy Butler from the host Royals.

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As the NL captain for the Home Run Derby, Kemp formally invited Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez, and Giancarlo Stanton to compete with him July 9. Though he is on the DL, Kemp said he wants to take part in the Derby.

Cano, the AL captain, will announce his Derby squad Monday.