Davis finishes atop fans’ voting for All-Star game

NEW YORK – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis powered past Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star game balloting, and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the starting lineup.

Cabrera was one of a major league-best six Tigers chosen for the American League team.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina led the National League fan vote announced Saturday for the July 16 game at the New York Mets’ Citi Field. Molina is one of the Cardinals’ five All-Stars.

Davis has a major league-best 33 home runs this year. His .324 batting average, 85 RBIs and 63 runs all rank second in the AL, behind Cabrera.

“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.

Cabrera, who won the AL Triple Crown last year, is batting .360 this season with 27 homers, second in the majors, 88 RBIs and 66 runs.

Davis received 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Cabrera, who had 8,013,874, for his first All-Star selection.

Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting. The first was Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.

The 20-year-old Harper, who returned from the disabled list last week, will be the youngest NL starter and fourth-youngest overall to start in the game, according to the Nationals.

Mets ace Matt Harvey and third baseman David Wright will represent the host team. Harvey received the most votes among NL pitchers in the player balloting.

Yasiel Puig wasn’t selected, but the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder with just one breathless month in the big leagues is among the candidates for one of the two final spots – one for each league – with fans able to cast votes online through Thursday.

Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox finished 14th in voting for AL outfielders. The only Maui-born All-Star in major league history has been selected for the game twice.