NEW YORK -- Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star game balloting, and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the National League’s starting lineup.
Right-hander Max Scherzer was one of a major league-best six Tigers chosen for the All-Star game July 16 at Citi Field in New York. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina led the NL fan vote announced Saturday night. He is one of the Cardinals’ five All-Stars, tops in the NL.
"I think any time you are getting that recognition not only from your fan base but from everybody across the nation I think it feels good to know that people are watching," Davis said.
Mets young ace Matt Harvey and third baseman David Wright will represent the host team in the 84th All-Star game. Harvey received the most votes among NL pitchers in the player balloting, outpacing the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.
The Red Sox will be represented by David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz and Dustin Pedroia. Ortiz will be the American League’s designated hitter to start the contest.
Cuban defector Yasiel Puig wasn’t picked -- not yet, at least. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder with just one breathless month in the big leagues is among five candidates for the final NL spot, with fans able to vote online through Thursday.
Puig is joined in the final NL five by shortstop Ian Desmond of Washington, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta, Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and outfielder Hunter Pence of San Francisco.
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was one of the 68 players selected. The 43-year-old career saves leader will hop across town as part of his retirement tour for a 13th All-Star appearance, second most by a pitcher behind Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, who made 17 teams.
In the NL, the Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates, with baseball’s best record at 53-32, landed four players on the squad for the first time since 1981: closer Jason Grilli, right-hander Jeff Locke, third baseman Pedro Alvarez, and outfielder Andrew McCutchen.