ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Rangers now have seven All-Stars as Michael Young replaced Boston third baseman Adrian Beltre in the game. It is Young's seventh straight selection to the All-Star Game. He's the only player in All-Star Game history with two game-winning hits in his team's final at-bat.
Beltre strained his left hamstring on Sunday and said then that he thought he'd be able to play in the game. But AL manager Joe Girardi announced Monday that Young will replace him.
Young is hitting .301 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs. He became the club's all-time hits leader in June. Young keeps his streak of All-Star selections alive now that he's replacing Beltre. That streak started in 2004 as a shortstop. Young, who has appeared at three different infield positions, was the All-Star Game MVP in 2006 after hitting a game-winning, two-run triple off San Diego's Trevor Hoffman in the top of the 9th inning in Pittsburgh. Young also had a walk-off sacrifice fly in 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the 15th inning after playing the final 10 innings at shortstop.