Five Rangers make the cut as All-Stars

Astros’ Bourn earns a place on NL squad

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

The Texas Rangers, lead­ing the Amer­i­can League West and off to their best start since 1999, were richly re­warded when the All-Star teams were an­nounced Sun­day, col­lect­ing five spots on the Amer­i­can League ros­ter, in­clud­ing three starters.

Out­fielder Josh Hamil­ton and des­ig­nated hit­ter Vladimir Guer­rero were voted in by the fans. Ian Kinsler also will start, at sec­ond base, be­cause he was No. 2 in fan bal­lot­ing be­hind the in­jured Dustin Pe­droia.

Slick sec­ond-year short­stop Elvis An­drus was voted in as a re­serve by the play­ers, and rookie closer Nef­tali Feliz, with his 100-mph fast­ball, will work out of the bullpen.

Guer­rero tops the ma­jor leagues with 70 RBIs, and Hamil­ton has 19 home runs, 59 RBIs and a .340 bat­ting av­er­age.

Con­tin­ued from C1 first All-Star berth, got three outs for his fifth save in seven chances. He was sub­bing for reg­u­lar closer Bobby Jenks, who came off the be­reave­ment list on Fri­day af­ter missing al­most a week and is work­ing to get back into game shape.

The White Sox have won 18 of 23 to move a game be­hind Detroit and Min­nesota in the AL Cen­tral.

Hamil­ton home­red for Texas to ex­tend his home hit­ting streak to 24 games, sec­ond-long­est in club his­tory. His two-run shot in the fourth af­ter Vladimir Guer­rero sin­gled gave Texas a 2-1 lead. Hamil­ton had been tied at 23 straight games with Michael Young (2009) and Ivan Ro­driguez (1995). Al Oliver’s 30-game streak in 1981 is the Rangers’ home record.

Hamil­ton and Guer­rero were voted as starters for the AL All-Star team an­nounced ear­lier Sun­day.

Feld­man al­lowed five runs and eight hits in six in­nings for the Rangers.

Of Chicago’s 24 hits in the first two games of the se­ries, 22 were sin­gles and two were dou­bles. This time, four of the nine hits for the White Sox went for ex­tra bases.

Chicago got an un­earned run in the sec­ond when Quentin reached on third base­man Young’s throw­ing er­ror, and scored on Mark Kot­say’s dou­ble.

Af­ter Hamil­ton’s 20th homer of the sea­son sent Texas in front in the fourth, Chicago tied it at 2 in the fifth on rookie Dayan Vi­ciedo’s RBI ground­out.

Bor­bon’s one-out solo homer in the fifth put Texas back ahead 3-2.

Chicago third base­man Omar Vizquel left in the third in­ning af­ter be­ing hit by a pitch from Feld­man. He was struck by a fast­ball in the left knee and rolled to the ground in pain with what was later di­ag­nosed as a bruise fol­low­ing neg­a­tive X-rays. Rangers start­ing pitcher Scott Feld­man re­acts af­ter giv­ing up five runs to the Chicago White Sox in six in­nings in a 2-1 loss.

Cody Duty

Texas’ Josh Hamil­ton high-fives man­ager Ron Washington, left, and Elvis An­drus af­ter he hit a two-run homer in the fourth in­ning.

Richard W. Ro­driguez

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