Rangers far behind on All-Star ballots

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No Texas Rangers players were leading at their position in the final update of All-Star voting released Monday. They have had at least two position players start the past five seasons.

Lance Berkman is the lone member in second place, well behind Boston’s David Ortiz at designated hitter. A.J. Pierzynski, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus are third at their positions, but the one player within reach of a starting spot is outfielder Nelson Cruz. He is sixth in the outfield voting, 400,000 votes shy of Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who is in third.

Fans can still vote at MLB.com until 10:59 p.m. Thursday. The team will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on KDFW/Ch. 4.

Briefly

• Rangers reliever Joakim Soria is getting closer to making his 2013 season debut. He is scheduled to throw back-to-back appearances this week, his first scheduled for Wednesday at Double A Frisco.

• The Rangers-Yankees game on July 22 has been pushed up to begin at 6:05 p.m. for an ESPN national broadcast. The game will still be carried on both Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN/103.3 FM, although the ESPN broadcast will not be blacked out in Rangers territory.

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