ARLINGTON (Rangers.com) - Rangers manager Ron Washington wanted Matt Harrison, Joe Nathan and Yu Darvish on his American League All-Star pitching staff.
He picked Harrison and Nathan, and included Darvish as one of the five candidates in the Final Vote in the hopes that he can be voted on to the team by the fans.
Darvish's competition is Royals reliever Jonathan Broxton, Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri, White Sox starter Jake Peavy and Orioles starter Jason Hammel.
"I just felt like he has a good chance of winning the Final Vote," Washington said. "I'm encouraging our fans to get out there and make sure that happens. Both he and Nathan, and Harry, are having outstanding years. I feel like each and every one of them deserves to be an All-Star, and I just felt this was the best way to make sure that happens."