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Four Rangers earn All-Star honors

The in crowd: Infielders, Rogers headed to ASG

The infield for the American League team at the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit will have a genuine Texas feel.

The pitcher's mound will also have that Lone Star touch.

First baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and shortstop Michael Young have all been selected as position players for this year's Midsummer Classic. Rangers left-hander Kenny Rogers, who is currently appealing a 20-game suspension for a physical altercation with two television cameramen, has also been selected as a starting pitcher for the American League team.

Teixeira was voted in as a starter, while the other Rangers will join the AL squad as reserves.

"I'm very excited, it's quite an honor, especially being elected by the fans as a starter," Teixeira said. "I'm very excited and hopefully I'll have fun out there."

The All-Star Game, to be held at Detroit's Comerica Park on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

The selection is the first for Teixeira, who is among the American League leaders in several offensive categories, and the second for Young. Young moved to shortstop before the 2004 season from second base with the departure of Alex Rodriguez and has performed like an All-Star ever since.

Young is hitting .324 with 15 doubles and 12 home runs. He has 107 hits so far this season and became the first Rangers player to ever have consecutive 200-hit seasons when he accomplished the feat during the last two seasons.

"It's my second one and I had a blast last year and I anticipate having the same kind of experience this year," Young said. "It's one of those things where you never get tired of hearing that kind of news. I'm very thankful, humbled by it, especially playing shortstop in the American League, there's a lot of great players that I'm sure won't get the opportunity to go, it really is an honor."

Teixeira is hitting. 284 with 64 RBIs and an American League-leading 22 home runs.

Soriano, who was named the Most Valuable Player in last year's All-Star Game in Houston, is making his fourth appearance for the American League in the All-Star Game, his second consecutive as a member of the Texas Rangers.

Soriano is hitting .274 with 20 home runs and 51 RBIs. He has scored 57 runs in his first 75 games and is making his first appearance in the All-Star Game as a reserve.

All-Star Game 2005

"I'm happy to make another one," Soriano said. "It's more important for me to be going [than] to be a starter, so it's good they give the opportunity to somebody else. Brian Roberts is having a good season, so he has an opportunity the second baseman this year."

Rogers, 9-4 with a 2.45 ERA, has been the leader of the club's pitching staff and is scheduled to make his second consecutive All-Star appearance and his third overall. Prior to last season's selection, Rogers' first selection to the American League team for the All-Star Game came in 1995.

Pitching Sunday, Rogers was charged with the loss after allowing six hits and two runs in 7 2/3 innings against the Mariners.

"I'm proud of all of them," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "Kenny, the last two years, he's probably had as good of years he's had in his career. I'm real proud to have a front row seat and watch it. I'm real proud of all our guys. The fans did a good job and, I thought, the players, the coaches and managers did a good job."

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. Chris Hester contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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