MLB: Chris Davis tops fan vote; O's have 3 All-Star starters
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.
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.
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.
Davis is one of three Orioles to be selected by fans, the first time that has happened since Cal Ripken Jr. was one of the picks in 1997.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones will take the field with Davis. Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado was picked as a reserve.
Scherzer is the first pitcher to start a season 13-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. He was joined from Detroit by first baseman Prince Fielder, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and outfielder Torii Hunter. Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who will run the AL squad after leading Detroit to the World Series, picked his ace Justin Verlander for the team.
Third base was a talent-laden position, and one player to be left off the AL roster was Oakland's Josh Donaldson. The Athletics' one selection was 40-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Colon is an All-Star for the first time since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young Award with the Angels. At 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA, Colon is making his third All-Star team. This one comes, though, after he began the season finishing a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Overall, 30 players will be making their first All-Star appearance.