MLB All-Star Game starting lineups announced

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers is seen batting against the Colorado Rockies at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, June 24, 2012. Rick Yeatts/Getty Images

(AP) NEW YORK - Slugger Josh Hamilton led seven Texas players chosen for the All-Star game, while three San Francisco Giants rallied in the final week of fan voting to claim starting spots.

Washington fastballer Stephen Strasburg and Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey also were among the 66 players chosen Sunday for the All-Star game July 10 in Kansas City.

Atlanta veteran Chipper Jones, who plans to retire after this season, and Nationals teen Bryce Harper were left off — for now, anyway. They are among five candidates for the last NL spot, with fans able to vote online through Thursday.

"I'm an old-timer, so I'd probably lean toward Chipper," NL manager Tony La Russa said on the TBS selection show.

Texas rookie pitcher Yu Darvish is among the AL choices for the final slot.

Hamilton drew a record total of more than 11 million votes to start in the AL outfield, along with Texas teammates Adrian Beltre at third base and Mike Napoli at catcher. A postseason star last year, Napoli has started only about half the time at that spot this year, but still easily outdistanced Minnesota's Joe Mauer.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Elvis Andrus, starter Matt Harrison and reliever Joe Nathan also made the AL roster from Texas. The two-time AL champion Rangers began the day with a major league-best 50 wins.

"There's so many All-Stars out there, and we have a whole team of them," AL manager Ron Washington of Texas told TBS.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees were chosen to start in the AL.

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