Bowden: Five Rangers should be All-Stars

June, 11, 2012
6/11/12
10:30
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden came out with his preliminary American League All-Star picks and chose five Texas Rangers for the team.

He said Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton should be starters, saying about Hamilton: "No brainer: He's been the best player in baseball in the first half."

As for his bench and pitching selections, Bowden has three Rangers: Catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman Ian Kinsler and closer Joe Nathan. His thought on Nathan:
Nathan looks fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and has been one of the best cost-effective signings of the offseason by any team.

If you want to read Bowden's write-ups for every player, you can do so here (Insider).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182