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Beltre backs Desmond as Rangers’ best All-Star bet

pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Barring a late surge in fan voting or a high-level hacking job by some computer whiz, the Texas Rangers aren’t going to have a starter next month at the All-Star Game in San Diego.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre and shortstop Elvis Andrus are the highest-ranking Rangers in the latest vote count, with each placing fourth at his position. Ian Desmond sits ninth among outfielders.

None of the three is close to a starting spot.

The thinking, though, is that the best team in the American League will be represented by more than the requisite one player.

Though Beltre doesn’t consider himself a candidate, he is. He said that Desmond is the top candidate along with Tuesday’s starter, Colby Lewis, and Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Cole Hamels.

“For sure there are a couple,” Beltre said. “Ian should be there. Elvis has the numbers for that. On the pitching side, Cole has the numbers and Colby has the numbers. So, we’ll see.”

Beltre said that he would be surprised if he was picked either by manager Ned Yost or by the players, and he might turn down a selection so that he can take four days off to rest his left hamstring.

Desmond, who was voted as the Rangers’ Player of the Month for May, is bidding for the June award, too, with a .351 batting average four homers, 14 RBIs and 13 runs entering Tuesday.

Overall, Desmond was batting a team-best .312 with 11 homers and a team-leading 46 RBIs.

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