(July 1, 2012) -- Five months ago, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton was in the same interview room at Rangers Ballpark apologizing for a relapse with alcohol.
This time, Hamilton was talking about how blessed he was for how many people voted for him to be an All-Star starter again.
Nearly 11.1 million votes, more than ever before for any player, were cast to send Hamilton to his fifth consecutive All-Star game.
The rosters for the All-Star game in Kansas City on July 10 were announced Sunday. The Rangers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants each had three players picked in fan balloting.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson were chosen from the Yankees. Catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrian Beltre also made it from the Rangers. Catcher Buster Posey, outfielder Melky Cabrera and third baseman Pablo Sandoval made it from the Giants.
Prince Fielder of Detroit will start at first base. He was the MVP of last year's All-Star game while playing in the NL for Milwaukee.