11/16/2004 12:57 PM ET
Nov. 16: AFL game notes
|AFL Media Relations
Rafters @ Scorpions 12:05 p.m.
LHP Macay McBride (0-0) vs. LHP Jeff Housman (0-1)
Scorpions @ Rafters TBA
RHP Dennis Sarfate (0-4) vs. RHP Zach Miner (2-1)
Solar Sox @ Javelinas 1:05 p.m.
RHP Zach McClellan (1-0) vs. RHP Chris Oxspring (1-2)
Saguaros @ Desert Dogs 1:05 p.m.
RHP John Hudgins (1-1) vs. RHP Jeff Fulchino (0-0)
TUESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Javelinas @ Scorpions 1:05 p.m.
RHP Jake Dittler (0-2) vs. TBA
Solar Sox @ Saguaros 1:05 p.m.
LHP Dennis Ulacia (0-3) vs. RHP Bobby Bradley (1-1)
Rafters @ Desert Dogs 1:05 p.m.
RHP Sam Marsonek (1-3) vs. RHP Steve Obenchain (2-1)
Four for Tuesday: The Arizona Fall league's 13th season continues with a double-header at Scottsdale Stadium, start time for the first game is 12:05 p.m. Both games will be seven innings. The Solar Sox travel to Peoria to face the Javelinas and Phoenix hosts the Saguaros...first pitch for both games is 1:05 p.m. 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: Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Freddy Sanchez will be answering your questions on MLB.com. Log on to the website today and send in your questions then stay tuned for his responses.
Movin' on Up: With the final week of the Arizona Fall League season underway the Peoria Saguaros are only half a game behind first place Scottsdale. The Saguaros beat the Phoenix Desert Dogs 6-4 Monday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex. Freddy Sanchez (PIT) was 4-for-5 with three RBIs in the win. Wayne Lydon (NYM) added three hits and Jason Botts (TEX) hit a home run in the third inning, his sixth of the season. Pitcher Vince Perkins (TOR) earned his second win of the season. Perkins pitched 1.2 innings and allowed only one run on two his with a strike out.
Howling Javs: San Diego prospect Ben Johnson hit a RBI-double in the top of the ninth inning giving the Javelinas a 5-4 advantage. Baltimore prospect Eli Whiteside followed with a double that drove in two more Peoria runs. Relief pitcher R.D. Spiehs (SD) held the Solar Sox scoreless in the bottom of the ninth handing the Javelinas a 7-4 win. Whiteside led all batters with a 4-for-5 performance, including two doubles and three RBI's. Paul McAnulty (SD) and Johnson had two hits apiece for the Javelinas. Jason Bergman (MON) earned his second win behind one inning of two-hit ball.
Rafters @ Scorpions: The Rafters vs. Scorpions game was postponed due to weather conditions. The game will be made up Tuesday, Nov. 16. Grand Canyon and Scottsdale will play a double header at Scottsdale Stadium. The first game will start at 12:05 p.m.
Dolan on MLB.com Radio: Today Brett Dolan will call the action of the Solar Sox-Javelinas game at Peoria Sports Complex. The game will be heard live 1:05 pm (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 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.
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.
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 Nov. 18, 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."
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