NEW YORK —
The league that wins the All-Star game gains home-field advantage in the World Series. The NL won the last three Midsummer Classics and World Series titles.
Davis finished with 8,272,243 fan votes to edge Cabrera, who had 8,013,874. Davis has 85 RBIs, matching his career high and only three fewer than Cabrera. But he has hit 33 homers, seventh best before the break in big league history — he has a week to catch Barry Bond's 39.
Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001).
The 27-year-old Davis is one of three Orioles selected by the fans, the first time that has happened since Cal Ripken Jr. was one of the picks in 1997.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones will take the field with Davis. Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado was selected as a reserve.
In the only close race for a starting role, the 20-year-old Harper trailed Justin Upton by several thousand votes, but he homered in his return from the disabled list this week and moved into the lead. Now Harper will become the youngest NL starter and fourth youngest overall to start in the game, according to the Nationals.
"I'm really looking forward to it and being around the top guys in baseball," Harper said.
Fellow rookie of the year Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels was voted to his first All-Star start, too.
Puig is joined in the final NL five by shortstop Ian Desmond of Washington, first basemen Freddie Freeman of Atlanta and 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.