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Monday, July 9, 2012
All-Star lineups: LF Josh Hamilton bats 3rd

By Richard Durrett

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- American League manager Ron Washington unveiled his lineup for the 2012 All-Star Game on Monday and has his Rangers scattered with Josh Hamilton batting third, Adrian Beltre batting sixth and Mike Napoli hitting eighth.


SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
LF Josh Hamilton
RF Jose Bautista
1B Prince Fielder
3B Adrian Beltre
DH David Ortiz
C Mike Napoli
CF Curtis Granderson

RHP Justin Verlander


DH Carlos Gonzalez
CF Melky Cabrera
LF Ryan Braun
1B Joey Votto
RF Carlos Beltran
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
2B Dan Uggla
SS Rafael Furcal

RHP Matt Cain

Hamilton, who finished the first half batting .308 and leads the league with 75 RBIs and 27 homers (tied with Jose Bautista), is making his fifth straight All-Star Game start. Hamilton has batted all over the order in his previous four All-Star Game starts: fifth in 2011, cleanup in 2010, sixth in 2009 and third in 2008. He bats third in the Rangers' lineup.

Beltre completed the first half with the best batting average of any Ranger at .326, fourth best in the AL. He's making his second All-Star Game start, as he filled in for an injured Alex Rodriguez last year. This is the first time Beltre has been selected by the fans to start the game.

Napoli is making his first All-Star appearance as he tries to start the second half on an up note. Napoli struggled through the first half, hitting just .228 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs.