New York Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey will start for the National League squad at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game this month.
The Mets ace ranks third in the league in strikeouts with 147 so far this season.
The American League starting pitcher for the All-Star showcase, Detroit Tigers superstar Max Scherzer, ranks second with 152 strikeouts.
The Tigers ace only lost his first game of the campaign last weekend against the Texas Rangers, ending a 13-match unbeaten run.
AL manager Jim Leyland explained his selection: "13-1 [Scherzer's record]. I don't think I need to explain more than that."
But Harvey will enjoy the advantage of home field - the All-Star game takes place at Citi Field where the Mets play.
The 24-year-old, who has a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA this season, becomes the first pitcher to start a Midsummer Classic at his home ground since Roger Clemens did so for the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park nine years ago.
"It's a huge honour," Harvey said. "I appreciate it. It's obviously here in New York. The fans have been great all year. Hopefully I can make them proud."
Other notable starters include Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox - both for the American League.
And Yadier Molina of the St Louis Cardinals and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals - both for the National League.
The starting lineups for the game are as follows:
LF Mike Trout | Angels
2B Robinson Cano | Yankees
3B Miguel Cabrera | Tigers
1B Chris Davis | Orioles
RF Jose Bautista | Blue Jays
DH David Ortiz | Red Sox
CF Adam Jones | Orioles
C Joe Mauer | Twins
SS J.J. Hardy | Orioles
P Max Scherzer | Tigers
2B Brandon Phillips | Reds
RF Carlos Beltran | Cardinals
1B Joey Votto | Reds
3B David Wright | Mets
LF Carlos Gonzalez | Rockies
C Yadier Molina | Cardinals
SS Troy Tulowitzki | Rockies
DH Michael Cuddyer | Rockies
CF Bryce Harper | Nationals
P Matt Harvey | Mets
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