11/11/2004 12:36 PM ET
Nov. 11: AFL game notes
|AFL Media Relations
Solar Sox @ Rafters 1:05 p.m.
RHP Zach McClellan (1-0) vs. RHP J.D. Durbin (1-1)
Scorpions @ Desert Dogs 1:05 p.m.
RHP Dustin Moseley (0-1) vs. RHP Danny Tamayo (0-3)
Saguaros @ Javelinas 7:05 p.m.
RHP Bobby Bradley (0-1) vs. RHP Jake Dittler (0-1)
FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rafters @ Javelinas 1:05 p.m.
RHP Scott Baker (0-1) vs. RHP Jon Huber (0-1)
Solar Sox @ Desert Dogs 1:05 p.m.
LHP Dennis Ulacia (0-2) vs. RHP Steve Obenchain (1-1)
Saguaros @ Scorpions 7:05 p.m.
RHP Franscisco Rosario (0-0) vs. RHP Michael Burns (0-0)
THRILLING THURSDAY: The Arizona Fall league's 13th season continues as the race for the playoffs is heating up. The Rafters host the Solar Sox at Scottsdale Stadium and the Scorpions travel to Phoenix to face the Desert Dogs...both games begin at 1:05 p.m. The Saguaros play the Javelinas at Peoria Sports Complex 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.
Mike Piazza Autographed Jersey Auction: MLB.com is hosting an online auction and the proceeds will be contributed in Dernell Stenson's name to the recipient of the Sportsmanship 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.
Q & A: Boston Red Sox prospect Manuel Delcarmen will be answering your questions on MLB.com. Log on to the website today and send in your questions then stay tuned for their responses.
Double Trouble: Doubles by Josh Barfield (SD) and Shin-Soo Choo (SEA) drove in two runs breaking the 10-10 tie and gave the Javelinas a 12-10 advantage in the top of the ninth inning. Closing pitcher Brad Baker (SD) shut down the Saguaros in order securing the win for the Javelinas. Padres prospects Ben Johnson and Paul McAnulty each hit a home run for the Javelinas. Johnson's home run came in the fourth inning and McAnulty followed with a two-run shot two batters later. Third baseman Greg Dobbs (SEA) and Barfield led the offense with three hits apiece. Dobbs finished 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Barfield went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Choo finished 2-for-5 including his RBI-double in the ninth and a three-run home run in the seventh. Javelinas pitcher R.D. Spiehs (SD) earned his first win of the AFL season. Spiehs pitched one inning of no hit ball.
Spoilers: The Solar Sox delayed Grand Canyon's late season playoff push Wednesday, beating the Rafters 10-4. Mesa's first three hitters: Adam Greenberg (CHC), Pedro Lopez (CHW) and Reid Gorecki (STL) all had three hits in the win. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit for the Solar Sox. Mesa was trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth and scored four runs to take the lead. Cardinals' prospects Gorecki and Chris Duncan had hits in the rally. The Solar Sox scored four more times in the bottom of the seventh, with Casey Rogowski (CHW) hitting a home run.
Street...Lights Out: With the playoff race in full swing, the Desert Dogs and Scorpions each tried to gain a game and increase their division lead to secure their playoff berth. Both teams had chances to break the game open but neither team scored in the final four innings as Phoenix held off Scottsdale 3-2. Jeremy Hermida (FLA) was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. The win puts Phoenix 3.5 games above second place Grand Canyon in the National Division. Starting pitcher Keith Bucktrot (PHI) earned his first win of the season pitching five solid innings and allowing only two Scottsdale runs. The Phoenix bullpen held Scottsdale scoreless for the final four innings, including a two-inning save for Huston Street (OAK).
BIRTHDAY WISHES: Happy Birthday to Peoria Saguaros J.R. House.
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 ceremony for Albert Pujols will be postponed until the 2005 Arizona Fall League season. Due to Pujols' extended season participating in the World Series and his prior commitment to the Nike Tour, there was not sufficient time to schedule for the 2004 AFL season. We look forward to honoring him next year.
Dolan on MLB.com RADIO: Today Brett Dolan will call the action of the Solar Sox-Rafters game at Scottsdale Stadium. The game will be heard live 1:05 p.m. (MST) on MLB.com.
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.
Promotion Corner: Saturday, Nov. 20 the Arizona Fall League will be giving fans a chance to win autographed baseball's from the AFL class of 1994. Autographs include: Jason Giambi, Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Grudzielanek, Joe Randa, Bobby Higginson, Brian Giles, Phil Nevin, Trot Nixon and Jason Kendall. All fans in attendance will have an equal chance of winning. Winner's will be selected via lucky numbers.
AL Rookie of the Year: Former Arizona Fall League player and current Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby has been named the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year. Crosby led AL rookies in home runs (22), RBIs (64) and hits (130). The 24-year-old played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2002. Crosby is the first Oakland player to win Rookie of the Year since former AFL player Ben Grieve in 1998. Since the Arizona Fall League's creation in 1992, there have been 12 players selected as Rookies of the Year that have graduated from the League.
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."
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.