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Starting with the AL:

First Base _ Davis is putting up incredible power numbers during a breakout season for Baltimore. His backup is another heavy hitter, Prince Fielder of the Tigers.

Second Base _ Cano, in the final year of his contract with the Yankees, gets the nod over Red Sox rival Pedroia. Also in the mix is Jason Kipnis, quietly having a tremendous season for Cleveland.

Shortstop _ Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta edges J.J. Hardy of the Orioles. An underrated Jed Lowrie warrants a look in Oakland but gets left off in the end.

Third Base _ Cabrera gets the start for Detroit, and all four boppers mentioned above make it as reserves: Longoria, Donaldson, Beltre and Machado, who turns 21 on Saturday. They’ve all been too good to leave anyone out.

Catcher _ Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins earns his fourth start, with Cleveland’s Carlos Santana behind him.

Outfield _ Mike Trout of the Angels starts in center field, with Toronto’s Jose Bautista in right and Texas’ Nelson Cruz in left. On the bench are Baltimore’s Adam Jones and Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury.

Designated Hitter _ Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is still a fearsome presence in the middle of the lineup. Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays would be a nice right-handed complement.

Starting Pitchers _ Max Scherzer’s 13-0 record makes him an easy choice to start. Joining him on the staff are Tigers teammate Justin Verlander, Seattle right-handers Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, Texas ace Yu Darvish, Oakland veteran Bartolo Colon, Chicago lefty Chris Sale, Kansas City newcomer Ervin Santana, Cleveland’s Justin Masterson and Houston representative Bud Norris.

Relievers _ A save in his final All-Star game would be a nice farewell for Rivera, who plans to retire after the season. Rangers closer Joe Nathan and Oakland’s Grant Balfour round out the bullpen.

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And in the NL:

First Base _ Goldschmidt, a blossoming star in Arizona, gets the surprise start in a tight race with Cincinnati’s Joey Votto. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman, Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez and St. Louis’ Allen Craig get the call as well at another power-packed position. Craig can also play the outfield.

Second Base _ Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter has emerged as the unexpected starter. Brandon Phillips of the Reds, a Gold Glove defender and reliable RBI guy, is the backup.

Shortstop _ Milwaukee youngster Jean Segura beats out Washington’s Ian Desmond.

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