NEW YORK —
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was one of the 68 players selected chosen by fans, managers and big leaguers. 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 17 for Hall of Famer Warren Spahn.
"The fact that I went through all the adversity and I'm standing here talking about the All-Star game ... it's a privilege," said Rivera, who has 29 saves this year after missing nearly all of last season with a torn knee ligament.
While Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are working their way back from injuries and will be absent in Queens, Robinson Cano was selected to his fourth straight start at second base.
Scherzer is the first pitcher to start a season 13-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986.
"If they give me the ball that would be pretty special to me," Scherzer said of starting. "You look at how many other great pitchers who are in the game right now who are worthy of starting. If I'm selected that would mean so much."
Scherzer was joined from Detroit by first baseman Prince Fielder, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, and outfielder Torii Hunter. Manager Jim Leyland, who will run the AL squad after leading Detroit to the World Series, picked his ace Justin Verlander for the team.
"This is not a simple thing, but I'm proud of it," Leyland said. "We worked hard on it. We're not going to be perfect. I put a lot of time and thought into it. I had a lot of help. It's still not going to make everybody happy. There's going to be guys who should be All-Stars who are left off. That happens every year."