11/04/2004 12:40 PM ET
Nov. 4: AFL game notes
|AFL Media Relations
Javelinas @ Rafters 1:05 p.m.
RHP Chris Oxspring (1-1) vs. RHP Eric Schmitt (0-0)
Scorpions @ Saguaros 1:05 p.m.
RHP Dennis Sarfate (0-2) vs. RHP John Hudgins (0-1)
Desert Dogs @ Solar Sox 7:05 p.m.
RHP Keith Bucktrot (0-1) vs. RHP Bradley Thompson (0-0)
FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rafters @ Solar Sox 1:05 p.m.
RHP J.D. Durbin (1-0) vs. LHP Sean Marshall (0-1)
Desert Dogs @ Scorpions 1:05 p.m.
RHP Steve Obenchain (0-1) vs. RHP Dustin Moseley (0-0)
Javelinas @ Saguaros 7:05 p.m.
RHP Jake Dittler (0-1) vs. RHP Bobby Bradley (0-1)
THREE FOR THURSDAY: The Arizona Fall league's 13th season continues with the Javelinas traveling to Scottsdale to play the Rafters and the Scorpions travel to Peoria to face the Saguaros...both games start at 1:05 p.m. The day concludes with the Solar Sox hosting the Desert Dogs at Mesa Hohokam Stadium with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Each team will play 38 games and the winners of the two divisions will meet in a one-game championship on Nov. 20 at Scottsdale Stadium.
Sportsmanship Award: MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the Arizona Fall League (AFL), regarded throughout professional baseball as the "graduate school" for Major League Baseball's top prospects, announced Wednesday, Nov. 3 the creation of the Dernell Stenson AFL Sportsmanship Award.
This new annual award, named for Dernell Stenson, a 2003 player in the AFL who was tragically killed, will be given to the AFL player who demonstrates the qualities that Dernell brought to the ball park every day; a quiet, hard-nosed attitude, a player who does his job without complaint, who - as many who played with Dernell said - played the game the way it was meant to be played.
The managers, coaches and players from each of the six AFL teams will nominate one player each year. The AFL, in conjunction with MLB.com will then select a winner from the six nominees. The winner will be presented with a commemorative plaque in a special on-field presentation on November 18th, the final day of the AFL regular season.
MLB.com will also host an online auction later this month and the proceeds will be contributed in Dernell Stenson's name to the award winner's favorite charity. This year, the AFL has donated a one-of-a-kind AFL jersey worn by Mike Piazza in 1993 and later autographed by the Met's All-Star catcher.
"Dernell's death was a very difficult situation for the league," said Steve Cobb, Executive Vice President of the Arizona Fall League. "We suffered a tremendous loss but we came together as a family last year. At this point, we want to remember the contributions Dernell Stenson made to this league, in his work ethic and his dedication to the game. We think this is a fitting way to remember Dernell and we are pleased to work hand-in-hand with MLB.com to make this happen."
Double Trouble: Grand Canyon took an early 4-0 lead but nine unanswered Peoria runs gave the Javelinas a 9-4 win. Ninth hitter Mike Huggins (BAL) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Jason Cooper (CLE) was 3-for-5 with a triple in the 15 hit effort for the Javelinas.
Triple Threat: Pitchers Jeff Fulchino (FLA), Dusty Bergman (ANA) and Wes Wilkerson (KC) led the Desert Dogs to a 9-4 win behind stellar pitching performances. The trio combined for seven innings of shut-out ball. Fulchino pitched four innings of one-hit ball. Bergman followed with two innings and allowed only two hits to earn his second win of the season. Wilkerson added a no-hit seventh inning for Phoenix.
Big Papa: A Charlton Jimerson (HOU) walk off grand slam gave the Scorpions a dramatic 10-6 win over the Peoria Saguaros. Jimerson's grand slam was his first home run of the season. James Loney (LA) was 3-for-3 in the win for Scottsdale, who extended their lead in the American Division to six games.
Dolan on MLB.com RADIO: Today Brett Dolan will call the action of the Scorpions vs. Saguaros game at Peoria Sports Complex. The game will be heard live 1:05 p.m. (MST) on MLB.com.
MLB.com: Log on to MLB.com for the latest news on the Arizona Fall League. Click on the Minors tab to access the Fall League website where you will find player journals, stories and more. You can sign up for an Arizona Fall League weekly newsletter emailed directly to your inbox.
Hall of Fame: The Arizona Fall League continues its tradition of honoring former player and managers by inducting them into the Hall of Fame. This years inductees are Garret Anderson (Rafters), Albert Pujols (Scorpions) and Tony Peña Sr. (Saguaros). Anderson's ceremony (10/29) and Peña's ceremony (11/3) were both completed at Scottsdale Stadium. The date and site of the ceremony for Pujols will be announced at a later date.
Q & A: Atlanta Braves prospect Tony Peña Jr. will be answering your questions on MLB.com and MLB.com en Español. Log on to the website today and send in your questions then stay tuned for their responses.
Championship Game: The winner of the National Division and the American Division will face off for a one game playoff to determine the 2004 AFL Championship. The Championship game will be played at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1:05 p.m. The winner of the Joe Black MVP Award will be presented in a pre-game ceremony.
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