Success helping Rangers at ballot box
Teixeira, Soriano, Young and Blalock getting attention
KANSAS CITY -- Mark Teixeira was the only member of the Rangers starting infield that didn't make the All-Star team last year. The latest balloting for the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit suggests Teixeira might not be on the outside looking in this time around.Teixeira, who has been building some lofty numbers, has tallied 272,032 votes, ranking him fourth in the first base balloting behind Tino Martinez of the Yankees, Kevin Millar of the Red Sox and Paul Konerko of the White Sox. Following Sunday's action, Teixeira is hitting .303 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs. Over a 14-game span during which he raised his average 40 points, he hit .400 with five homers and 18 RBIs. Teixeira has also been playing superb defense at first base. He hasn't made an error this year and continues to provide fielding gems in nearly every game. Alfonso Soriano continues to receive strong support at second base. Soriano, with 587,083 votes, trails only Baltimore's Brian Roberts in fan balloting. Soriano has hit 15 homers, which ties him for second in the American League. Soriano, who suffered a left hamstring injury on Sunday that may sideline him for a short period of time, is hitting .285 with 36 RBIs. Shortstop Michael Young, who made his first All-Star appearance last year, is fifth in the balloting at his position. Young, with 115,573 votes, trails Miguel Tejada, Derek Jeter, Edgar Renteria and Carlos Guillen. Including Sunday's action, Young has a 15-game hitting streak. During that span, he hit .467 to lift his average from .252 to .307. Third baseman Hank Blalock, hoping for a third consecutive All-Star appearance, is also holding his own in the balloting, having tallied 169,975 votes. Blalock was 2-for-5 on Sunday and is hitting .288 with nine homers and 32 RBIs. Blalock recently tied Buddy Bell for the club record with a 53-game errorless streak at third.
Robert Falkoff is a reporter to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.