7/6/2014 7:46 P.M. ET
Darvish, Beltre returning to All-Star Game
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Yu Darvish is going back to the All-Star Game for the third straight year. This time, he might even get into the game.
Darvish and third baseman Adrian Beltre were selected to represent the Rangers in the 2014 All-Star Game, on July 15 at Target Field. Both were selected via the players' vote. Darvish was one of five starting pitchers chosen, and Beltre was selected as the reserve third baseman.
Beltre will be going for the fourth time in five years.
"It's great. … Maybe we can fly together and he can teach me some Japanese," Beltre said. "It's always an honor to be selected to represent the American League in the All-Star Game. It never gets old."
Darvish was selected in 2012 and '13, but he did not pitch. He will be well rested for this year's event after his pitching schedule was altered last week, and he could be a strong candidate to start the game for the AL.
Darvish, Seattle's Felix Hernandez and New York's Masahiro Tanaka seem to be the three strongest candidates for that role, but Tanaka is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees on Sunday, so that would likely eliminate him from contention.
Darvish's final start before the All-Star break is Wednesday, and Hernandez's is Thursday, so both would be well rested if chosen by Red Sox manager John Farrell.
"That's very unlikely, because there are so many others who have pitched well," Darvish said. "But if I'm selected, I'll go out [to the mound] and try to sneak out of [the inning] before anybody notices."
Darvish is the second Rangers pitcher to be named to three All-Star teams, following Kenny Rogers, who was selected in 1995, 2004 and '05. He is also the fourth Major League pitcher to be named to the All-Star team in each of his first three seasons, joining Tom Seaver, Don Newcombe and Dwight Gooden.
"I'm very honored and excited to be playing in the All-Star Game," Darvish said. "I'm kind of surprised. There are so many great pitchers, and I haven't had very many outings that I'm satisfied with. I think people still have the image of me from last year."
Beltre's first All-Star appearance was as a member of the Red Sox in 2010, and he represented the Rangers in 2011 and '12. He has been a bright spot for the injury-depleted Rangers, hitting .333 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs in 74 games.
"It's not tough," Beltre said. "I get paid for that. It's obvious we were hoping it would be a different case than what we have been through, but my mind-set is to be ready for every ballgame. It doesn't matter who is next to me or who is not here. I have to do my job."
Yu Darvish, Pitcher
Prior ASGs: 2012-13
ASG W-L: 1-1
ASG stats: Has not pitched
How he made 2014 AL team: Player selection
Why he's an All-Star: Darvish has had to carry a rotation that has been clobbered by injuries, but he is a good candidate to be the AL's starting pitcher. He is 8-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 16 starts.
DYK?: Darvish did not pitch in 2012 as the AL Final Vote winner because manager Ron Washington designated him as his final pitcher to be used in extra innings. He missed last year because he had a strained muscle in the back of his right shoulder.
Quotable: "I really think he has thrown the ball well," Washington said. "He looks more relaxed, and he has a good grasp of what he has to do. He knows the league a lot better, but the main thing for me is that he is commanding his fastball a lot better."
Prior ASGs: 2010-12
ASG W-L: 0-3
ASG stats: 1-for-5, 0 HR, 0 RBIs, 0 SB
How he made 2014 AL team: Player selection
Why he's an All-Star: On a team that has been ravaged by injuries, Beltre has been as good as ever in his 17th Major League season. His home runs and RBIs are slightly down, but he has been in the AL top 10 in hitting, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and batting with runners in scoring position.
DYK?: Beltre is one five players in Major League history with at least 100 home runs with three teams. He is also one of six third basemen with at least 2,500 hits in his career.
Quotable: "He gets better as the year goes on," Washington said. "That's what Adrian does, and he has always been that way. This has been his finest year. He has been the one constant through all this adversity. You've got to be tough to grind it out. That's why he is known around the game as a true professional. Through it all he still performs. He deserves to be an All-Star."
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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.