Phillips, Votto NL starters for All-Stars
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
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.
The American League’s five are all relievers: Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit, Toronto’s Steve Delabar, the Yankees’ David Robertson, Texas’ Tanner Scheppers, and Boston’s Koji Uehara.
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.
2013 All-Star Rosters
Rosters for the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York (x-injured, will not play; y-injury replacement):
Catcher—Joe Mauer, Minnesota
First Base—Chris Davis, Baltimore
Second Base—Robinson Cano, New York
Third Base—Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
Shortstop—J.J. Hardy, Baltimore
Outfield— Mike Trout, Los Angeles; Adam Jones, Baltimore; Jose Bautista, Toronto
Designated Hitter—David Ortiz, Boston
Catcher—Jason Castro, Houston; Salvador Perez, Kansas City
Infielders—Prince Fielder, 1b, Detroit; Jason Kipnis, 2b, Cleveland; Manny Machado, 3b, Baltimore; Dustin Pedroia, 2b, Boston; Jhonny Peralta, ss, Detroit; Ben Zobrist, 2b, Tampa Bay
Outfielders—Nelson Cruz, Texas; Alex Gordon, Kansas City, Torrii Hunter, Detroit
Designated Hitter—Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto
y-Clay Buchholz, Boston; Brett Cecil, Toronto; x-Bartolo Colon, Oakland; y-Jesse Crain, Chicago; Yu Darvish, Texas; Felix Hernandez, Seattle; Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle; Justin Masterson, Cleveland; Joe Nathan, Texas; x-Glen Perkins, Minnesota; Mariano Rivera, New York; Chris Sale, Chicago; Max Scherzer, Detroit; Justin Verlander, Detroit
Catcher—Yadier Molina, St. Louis
First Base—Joey Votto, Cincinnati
Second Base—Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati
Third Base—David Wright, New York
Shortstop—Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
Outfield—Carlos Beltran, St. Louis; Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado; Bryce Harper, Washington
Catcher—Buster Posey, San Francisco
Infielders—Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pittsburgh; Everth Cabrera, ss, San Diego; Matt Carpenter, 2b, St. Louis; Allen Craig, 1b, St. Louis; Paul Goldschmidt, 1b, Arizona; Marco Scutaro, 2b, San Francisco; Jean Segura, ss, Milwaukee
Outfielders—Domonic Brown, Philadelphia; Michael Cuddyer, Colorado; Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco; Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati; Patrick Corbin, Arizona; Jose Fernandez, Miami; Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh; Matt Harvey, New York; Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta; Cliff Lee, Philadelphia; Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh; Adam Wainwright, St. Louis; Travis Wood, Chicago; Jordan Zimmermann, Washington.