Vacation plans changed suddenly Saturday for a long list of Tigers who will be spending their All-Star break in New York.

Although the news was more of a formality for Miguel Cabrera and his cohort, Max Scherzer, four more Tigers were named Saturday to the American League All-Star team that will meet the National League on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

Cabrera, who was certified as a starter at third base and finished second to Orioles slugger Chris Davis in overall fan voting, was joined by four Tigers teammates, three of whom cracked the AL roster by a players’ vote: Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta, and Torii Hunter.

Justin Verlander was also drafted for duty in New York as part of the seven players Tigers manager Jim Leyland who, because he will work as the American League’s All-Star manager, was allowed as personal choices.

“Players and fans voted for these players,” Leyland said, minutes after the Tigers had beaten the Indians, 9-4, at Progressive Field for their fifth consecutive victory — and minutes after the All-Star teams had been announced on FOX, which will televise this year’s game.

“Justin Verlander was my only (Tigers) addition to the team. Everyone else (from Detroit) was voted on by the players.”

The All-Star vote is a multi-segmented electoral carnival. Fans vote for position starters. Players vote for backups and for eight pitchers. The manager — Giants skipper Bruce Bochy supervises the National League team — is responsible for additional pitchers and position players, with each team requiring at least one representative.

Fans have one more shot at an All-Star ballot when they vote for a Final Man representative from a list of five. That group, on the American League side, will include Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown hitting trifecta in 2012 and who is chasing another in 2013, will become the first Tigers starter at third base since Ray Boone in 1954. It is the first time he has been voted as a starter, owing to past traffic jams at his positions — third base and first base.

“It’s about time,” Leyland said, dryly, after Cabrera had hit his 27th home run of the season in Saturday’s romp.

Fielder was selected as a backup to Davis on the players’ ballot. Peralta, who is having a career season, was also a players’ pick to join fan favorite J.J. Hardy at shortstop. Hunter turns 38 later this month and was not viewed as a favorite to win a roster spot.

But players decided differently. And if anyone was happier than Hunter, who stood grinning in the Tigers clubhouse afterward, it was Leyland.

“I’m thrilled for Torii Hunter,” Leyland said of his right fielder who Saturday missed hitting for the cycle by a single. “He was a players’ choice. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Hunter, who is batting .307 on the season, agreed.

“This could be my last chance,” said Hunter, who knows his two-year contract with the Tigers could be his last when it expires in 2014. “I’m just honored. Trust me — the players know what’s going on.”

Peralta, too, was the choice by players who have watched him become, in his peers’ view, a trademark performer with his steady, dependable work at shortstop, and his .307 batting average.