Major League Baseball has announced that Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and Cardinals infielder David Freese are the Final Vote winners for the 2012 All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City.
Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel was a finalist, but he couldn’t overtake Darvish and White Sox’s pitcher Jake Peavy. Royals closer Jonathan Broxton and Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri also were finalists.
Hammel is 8-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts, with 97 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings. The right-hander has lost his last two starts, allowing 12 runs and 15 hits in 10 innings.
Wieters is the first Orioles player to be chosen in back-to-back years since shortstop Miguel Tejada in 2004-2006.