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Rangers send five to Houston
07/04/2004  7:00 PM ET
The Rangers' turnaround season was saluted Sunday with five Texas players learning they are headed to Houston for the July 13 All-Star Game.

The heavy representation includes second baseman Alfonso Soriano, shortstop Michael Young, third baseman Hank Blalock, left-handed starter Kenny Rogers and right-handed closer Francisco Cordero.

The five All-Stars are the most the Rangers have ever had in the game. They have had four in three other games -- 1989, 1998 and 1999 -- and getting five this season sounded good to manager Buck Showalter.

"If someone asked me which of our players should be on the All-Star team, I'd say the whole team," Showalter said. "That's kind of what this year has been about for us, the sum of the parts."

Soriano will be in the American League starting lineup after the fans made him the leading overall vote getter with 3,466,447 votes. Soriano will be making his third All-Star appearance after twice representing the Yankees in the midsummer classic.

Soriano, who came to the Rangers in the blockbuster Alex Rodriguez deal last February, started play on Sunday with a .292 batting average and 13 home runs.