MLB Network to televise select AFL games
Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars, Championship among contests showcased
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- MLB Network will exclusively televise three upcoming Arizona Fall League games live from three of the league's six venues.
MLB Network's Paul Severino (play-by-play) and Tom Verducci (game analyst) will call all three games:
Rising Stars Game
Saturday, Nov. 3, 5 p.m. AZ (8 p.m. ET), Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Military Appreciation Game
(Scottsdale Scorpions @ Surprise Saguaros), Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. AZ (8 p.m. ET), Surprise Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. AZ (3 p.m. ET), Scottsdale Stadium
The starting pitchers for the seventh-annual Rising Stars Game have been announced. Mesa Solar Sox right-hander Jarred Cosart (Astros) and Peoria Javelinas righty Kyle Gibson (Twins) will start for the East Division and West Division squads, respectively. Complete rosters will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Scouting and Minor League directors of every Major League organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, select the players for the annual showcase that pits elite prospects from the Fall League's two divisions.
Each Major League organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.
The first six Rising Stars Games showcased some of baseball's current standouts, including:
2006: Ryan Braun, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hunter Pence
2007: Brett Gardner, Andrew McCutchen
2008: Gordon Beckham, Tommy Hanson, Drew Stubbs
2009: Starlin Castro, Ike Davis, Buster Posey, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg
2010: Dustin Ackley, Brandon Belt, Eric Hosmer, Jason Kipnis, Ben Revere
2011: Jason Castro, Bryce Harper, Derek Norris, Mike Olt, Mike Trout
Arizona Fall League
Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League is a six-team league owned and operated by MLB. It plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) at six spring-training stadiums in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River Rafters) is the league's newest venue, joining five returning sites - Mesa HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa Solar Sox), Peoria Sports complex (Peoria Javelinas), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Phoenix Desert Dogs), Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Saguaros).
MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, including postseason telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.
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