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Five Rangers on pace to be All-Star starters in first voting update

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Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was the top vote-getter in the first All-Star Game balloting update released Tuesday, and he's one of five Rangers players on pace to start in the July 10 All-Star Game.

Hamilton has received 2,587,991 votes from the fans.

Hamilton and teammate Nelson Cruz both rank among the top three in the AL outfielders, while Ian Kinsler leads at second base, Adrian Beltre is first at third and Mike Napoli leads at catcher.

Rangers manager Ron Washington will be the AL manager.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Curtis Granderson are also in line to be starters at this point. Prince Fielder of the Tigers is leading at first base.

Matt Kemp of the Dodgers leads all National League vote-getters with 1,952,910 votes.

The closest race is at NL shortstop, where Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies has a 20,458-vote margin over Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals.

Joey Votto of the Reds has a big lead at first base in the National League, while Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals and Ryan Braun of the Brewers join Kemp as the leading vote-getters in the outfield.

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