ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are sending a franchise-record seven players to the All-Star game July 10, but right-handed starter Yu Darvish is in the running to make it eight.
Darvish was on the bad end of the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday evening. Darvish (10-5) gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings of work. He tied his season high with 11 strikeouts, but he let the go-ahead run score on a wild pitch in the sixth inning and gave up an insurance run on a leadoff homer by Brandon Moss in the seventh.
The AL and NL each have one roster spot left, with fans voting online through Thursday. The five candidates for the final AL roster spot are all right-handed pitchers: Starters Jake Peavy of the White Sox, Jason Hammel of Baltimore and Darvish along with relievers Jonathan Broxton of the Royals and Ernesto Frieri of the Angels.
"Just being selected among those other guys, they're all good pitchers," Darvish said through an interpreter. "Just being among them is an honor."
Darvish has downplayed a possible appearance in the All-Star game, and on Friday said he wasn't deserving of the honor. Yet, he won't get another chance to show fans he should go.
His next start is scheduled for Saturday, but it could move up to Friday should the Rangers decide left-hander Derek Holland is ready to return to the rotation from the disabled list.
Darvish didn't do any campaigning for votes after Sunday's game.
"The fans get to vote for the last spot," he said. "There's nothing much I can say on that. I'll just stay quiet and see what happens."