Fans display crush on Orioles slugger

The Associated PressJuly 7, 2013 

Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit’s Triple Crown-winning 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, including pitchers and reserves, for the game July 16 at Citi Field in New York. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina led the National League fan vote announced Saturday. 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.

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.

Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining former Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

The first baseman with the cool nickname of “Crush” 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.

The other starters for the American League are: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones (traded away by the Mariners in 2008); Twins catcher Joe Mauer; Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano; Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera; Angels outfielder Mike Trout; Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista; and Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz.

The rest of the starters for the National League are: Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzski; Reds first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips; Mets third baseman David Wright; and Nationals outfielder Harper.

SHORT HOPS

The Dodgers acquired right-hander Ricky Nolasco in a trade with the Marlins. Los Angeles sent minor league pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez to Miami. … Rangers reliever Joakim Soria’s nearly two-year wait to return to the major leagues was delayed at least one more day even though the right-hander came through consecutive rehab stints with no issues. … The Indians recalled right-hander Carlos Carrasco from Triple-A Columbus to start against first-place Detroit. Carrasco has made five previous starts for the Indians this season after missing all of 2012 following elbow reconstruction surgery. … The Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation. The three-time All-Star has struggled playing through the injury this season, batting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBI.

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