ARLINGTON -- Rangers players were casting their All-Star votes before Friday's game against the Astros. Fans vote in the starting lineups and the players vote the reserves for each position as well as eight pitchers. This is the ballot that sends Michael Young to the All-Star Game almost every year. He has been to six consecutive All-Star Games. Five times he was selected by the players. Once he was selected by the manager. A seventh straight trip is at stake. There are four candidates at third base: Evan Longoria, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Young. Longoria is likely to win the fans' vote as the starter at third base, according to the weekly updates.
"I've had an absolute blast going to the All-Star Game," Young said. "Every game is special for different reasons. I've always appreciated the support the players have given me. It's the ultimate compliment. But third base is a competitive position. Every year you can field a good team of guys that don't make the All-Star Game." Young went into Friday's game hitting .317 with a .365 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage. Longoria was .304/.379/.529, Beltre was .342/.382/.545 and Rodriguez was at .280/.358/.472. Manager Ron Washington expects Young to be selected. "He is the Texas Rangers All-Star and he's having a good year," Young said. "If the manager doesn't choose him, I guarantee you the players will."