NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit’s Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star balloting, and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the National League’s starting lineup.
Righthander Max Scherzer was one of a major league-best six Tigers chosen for the All-Star Game on 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’ NL-high five All-Stars.
‘‘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 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 Washington shortstop Ian Desmond, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, and outfielder Hunter Pence of San Francisco.
The American League’s five are all relievers, including Boston’s Koji Uehara. He is joined by Detroit’s Joaquin Benoit, Toronto’s Steve Delabar, the Yankees’ David Robertson, and Texas’s Tanner Scheppers.
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 Warren Spahn, who made 17 teams.
Davis finished with 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Cabrera, who had 8,013,874, for his first All-Star selection. Davis has 33 homers, seventh best before the break in big league history.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who will run the AL squad, picked his ace Justin Verlander for the team. He was joined from Detroit by first baseman Prince Fielder, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and outfielder Torii Hunter, as well as Scherzer.
Bartolo Colon, Oakland’s lone selection, is an All-Star for the first time since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young Award.
Twenty-year-old Bryce Harper and fellow rookie of the year Mike Trout of the Angels were voted in, too.
Overall, 30 players will be making their first All-Star appearance.