(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Six Detroit Tigers are headed to Citi Field in New York for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 16.
Third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who won the American League MVP and Triple Crown last season, was officially named a starter for the AL All-Star team today as the leading vote-getter by the fans.
Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are the two Tigers pitchers named to the team. Scherzer is scheduled to start July 13 (Saturday) and Verlander is slated to start the next day.
Three Tigers were also named reserves: first baseman Prince Fielder, rightfielder Torii Hunter and shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
Reliever Joaquin Benoit is one of five pitchers up for the final vote online.
This is the first time Cabrera has been voted a starter and the first time a Tigers third baseman since Ray Boone in 1954.
Jose Bautista earned the third outfield spot, ousting Hunter, who had that position early in the voting.
It's the eighth All-Star Game for Cabrera (fourth in AL), sixth appearance for Verlander, fifth for both Hunter and Fielder (second in AL), second for Peralta and the first for Scherzer. It would be the first for Benoit.
Jim Leyland is the AL manager after the Tigers reached the World Series last season.
Twins C Joe Mauer
Orioles 1B Chris Davis
Yankees 2B Robinson Cano
Orioles SS J.J. Hardy
Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera
Orioles CF Adam Jones
Angels CF Mike Trout
Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista
Red Sox DH David Ortiz
Cardinals C Yadier Molina
Reds 1B Joey Votto
Reds 2B Brandon Phillips
Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki
Mets 3B David Wright
Cardinals RF Carlos Beltran
Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez
Nationals RF Bryce Harper
BY Kirkland Crawford/Detroit Free Press