Texas Rangers: 2012 MLB All-Star Game

Bud Selig: Rangers' rise 'is remarkable'

July, 10, 2012
7/10/12
1:29
PM CT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that he had no idea the Texas Rangers would go from bankruptcy to an American League contender so quickly.

"Are you kidding? I would have been under too many hot showers if I thought they'd be where they are today," Selig said when asked about the club at a meeting of the Baseball Writers Association of America prior to the All-Star Game. "I knew things where in place there, but this is unprecedented and it's remarkable."

It was just two years ago in Anaheim that Selig was asked at the same pre-All-Star Game meeting about the court proceedings with the Rangers and whether the league would find a suitable solution. One month later, the group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan won the bidding process in bankruptcy court in Fort Worth. Greenberg is no longer with the club and Ryan is the CEO.

The Rangers went to the World Series later that season, losing to the San Francisco Giants. They went back to the World Series in 2011, losing in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals after being a strike away from the title twice in Game 6. Texas is among the favorites to return to the Fall Classic this year.

The Rangers are on pace to welcome around 3.4 million fans into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season and have already shattered their previous sellout records.

"Not only have they built a great organization, but (they are) drawing well," Selig said. "They are one of the great success stories. No question about it."

Yu Darvish leads as final vote nears end

July, 5, 2012
7/05/12
8:03
AM CT
Fans have until 3 p.m. CT today to cast their ballots for the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote. And for today only, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, votes on Twitter wll count.

So any tweet that includes a designated hashtag will count as a vote for that player. For Texas Rangers fans wanting to vote for Yu Darvish, that's #VoteYu as the hashtag.

The release sent out this morning says the races have tightened, but still has Darvish on top. Jake Peavy (#TakeJake) of the Chicago White Sox is second.

The complete standings:

American League
1. Yu Darvish (TEX) - #VoteYu
2. Jake Peavy (CWS) - #TakeJake
3. Jason Hammel (BAL) - #VoteHammel
4. Jonathan Broxton (KC) - #VoteBroxton
5. Ernesto Frieri (LAA) - #VoteFrieri

National League
1. David Freese (STL) - #FreesePlease
2. Bryce Harper (WSH) - #BryceIn12
3. Michael Bourn (ATL) - #VoteBourn
4. Aaron Hill (ARI) - #FinHillVote

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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