Hammel loses Final Vote to Darvish

Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel fell short of his bid to become a first-time American League All-Star as the 29-year-old –along with three others — lost to Texas Rangers’ pitcher Yu Darvish in the MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone.

The results were released Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET on MLB.com following an astounding number of votes and vocal support from all five candidates and their respective teams.

Hammel has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this season after being acquired, along with reliever Matt Lindstrom, in a trade for starter Jeremy Guthrie. A former Rays prospect, Hammel was demoted to the Rockies bullpen late last season and decided he needed to make some adjustments to save his career. It was a wise choice, as the right-hander has pitched to a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts and has been Baltimore’s best starter.

With the reemergence of his two-seamer and more of an edge, Hammel has thrust himself into the national spotlight as the surprising Orioles have just their second winning first-half record since 1998. He was named as one of five American League Final Vote candidates, with teammates Adam Jones, Matt Wieters and Jim Johnson named to the All-Star team on Selection Sunday, and was trying to push the O’s number to four. Baltimore hasn’t had four All-Stars since 2005.

In addition to Darvish, Hammel was up against White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, Royals closer Jonathan Broxton and Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri.

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.

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