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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
All-Star update: Josh Hamilton holding on

By Richard Durrett

With just a few days remaining for fans to vote online, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton remains in position to make his fourth consecutive All-Star Game start. He is ahead of Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury by a little more than 120,000 votes.

Hamilton, who missed six weeks with a hairline fracture in a bone in his upper arm, is batting .293 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 41 games played.

Two Rangers remain second in the balloting at their positions. Adrian Beltre is about 800,000 votes behind Alex Rodriguez at third base and Michael Young sits 2 million votes behind runaway DH winner David Ortiz.

Other Rangers in the voting:

*Ian Kinsler is third among second baseman and Elvis Andrus is third among shortstop. Both are well behind the leaders (Robinson Cano at second and Derek Jeter at short).

*Nelson Cruz moved past Ichiro Suzuki and into sixth place among outfielders. The top-3 start the game.

*Mitch Moreland is fourth at first base and Yorvit Torrealba is fifth.