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Hamilton, 3 other Rangers make team

By The Associated Press Published: July 7, 2008
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BALTIMORE — Michael Young is headed to the All-Star game again, and this time the smooth-fielding shortstop will be joined in New York by three of his teammates on the Texas Rangers.

Outfielder Josh Hamilton was elected by the fans in balloting announced Sunday. Young, second baseman Ian Kinsler and designated hitter Milton Bradley were selected by the players to represent the Rangers on the AL squad July 15 at Yankee Stadium.

Hamilton, Kinsler and Bradley will be going for the first time. Young has been selected four times previously. All four players led the AL in player voting at their respective positions.

"There is nothing more satisfying than your peers saying you deserve to do something in this game. Those are the guys you play with, those are the guys you play against,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I'm very happy for all of them. They deserve it.”

Hamilton is the first Texas outfielder elected to start since Juan Gonzalez in 1998 and the first position player since Mark Texiera in 2005. Acquired in a December trade with the Cincinnati Reds, Hamilton leads the majors with 84 RBIs and is among the leaders in home runs and total bases.

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