Darvish selection makes it eight Rangers All-Stars

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CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish is going to the All-Star Game, even though he didn't cast a vote for himself.

Baseball fans across the world took care of it for him, selecting Darvish for the last spot on the American League roster in the Final Vote. Darvish won out over Jake Peavy of the White Sox, Jason Hammel of the Orioles, Jonathan Broxton of the Royals and Ernesto Frieri of the Angels.

The online balloting took a wild turn Thursday, when MLB began counting votes casted on Twitter during the final four hours.

The hashtag #VoteYu was trending worldwide, and Darvish maintained the lead he held since Day 1. He received 7.3 million votes throughout the process, being topped only by the National League representative, David Freese of the Cardinals (8.4 million).

Darvish said he didn't feel worthy of an All-Star bid a week ago, but have his feelings change?

"Do I still think I'm worthy or not? Personally, I voted for Peavy," Darvish said through a translator. "I know the way I got selected was a vote by the fans, so I appreciate all the fans who voted for me. I'm looking forward to it."

Darvish is the Rangers' eighth All-Star, a franchise record.

Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre were selected as starters; Ian Kinsler received a spot from the players' vote; and Joe Nathan, Matt Harrison and Elvis Andrus were chosen by manager Ron Washington.

Darvish was a five-time All-Star in Japan before joining the Rangers this off-season. He is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA in his first 16 starts. Darvish won't make another start in the first half, and is available to pitch in the game.

"I always thought he was an All-Star and the fans proved that out," Washington said. "I am very happy for Yu. He's come over here in some tough conditions and he worked hard to be where he is. He deserved the right to be an All-Star."

Injury updates

Three pitchers on the disabled list continued to progress toward returning to action.

Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz each went through their second bullpen sessions on Thursday, while Colby Lewis threw a light bullpen off the front of the mound.

Ogando, sidelined with a right groin strain, threw 40 pitches and reported feeling well afterward. Feliz, on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, threw 35 pitches and came out of it fine.

Ogando and Feliz are expected to throw another bullpen session on Saturday, and that's when the team will make a determination on when they can go on a medical rehabilitation assignment.

Ogando will rehab as a reliever, while Feliz will be stretched out as a starter.

Lewis, recovering from right forearm tendinitis, is expected to be ready for the second half. Ron Washington said it's unlikely that Lewis will need to go on a rehab assignment.

Reliever Koji Uehara threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, and is scheduled to throw another today.

Briefly

Mike Napoli had the day off Thursday. He has gone 3 for 24 in his last seven games, and has particularly struggled against left-handers. He batted .319 against them last season, but has posted a .160 average against them this year. "If there was any secret to it, we'd have it done already and he wouldn't be in this tailspin," Ron Washington said. "The only thing I can do as a manager is show confidence in him and put him out there."

As of Thursday afternoon, the Rangers had scattered singles and obstructed view tickets remaining for tonight's game against the Twins. There were 1,500 reserved seats left for Saturday, and 7,000 remaining for Sunday.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @drewdavison

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