Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/5/12

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese were picked for the All-Star Game in the online Final Vote fan balloting, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Darvish became the eighth member of the Rangers to be named to the All-Star team by beating out Chicago's Jake Peavy, Baltimore's Jason Hammel, Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton and Los Angeles' Ernesto Frieri to get the final American League spot.

Darvish is 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA in 16 starts. A five-time All-Star while he played in Japan, Darvish signed a six-year contract worth $56 million with Texas in the offseason.

In the National League, Freese won out over 19-year-old Washington rookie Bryce Harper, Atlanta's Michael Bourn and Arizona's Aaron Hill. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been leading in the N.L. Final Vote, but he was chosen as an All-Star replacement for injured Matt Kemp earlier this week, elevating Freese to the top spot.

Freese is batting .286 with 13 homers and 50 RBI in 75 games this season.

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