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Ronald Acuna and Art Warren highlight 11-10 win in AFL Military Appreciation Game

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Attendees at the Arizona Fall League’s annual Military Appreciation Game were treated to a bonafide slugfest on Saturday evening, culminating in the Peoria Javelinas’ last-minute 11-10 win over the Surprise Saguaros.

Boasting prospects from the Braves, Red Sox, Padres, Mariners and Blue Jays’ systems, the Javelinas were the first to strike. Braves’ top prospect Ronald Acuna led off the second inning with a home run that came steaming off the bat at 103 MPH, per MLB.com’s William Boor. Luis Urias tacked on a two-RBI single, and Michael Chavis capped Peoria’s four-run spread with a sac fly.

Rangers’ right-hander Tyler Davis finally settled down for the third out, but that brought trouble of a different kind when LaMonte Wade and Oscar Mercado were roughed up in a full-speed collision in right field. Wade was carted off the field in a stretcher and taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for a concussion before later returning to the stadium.

In the third inning, 19-year-old Acuna returned for a two-run shot off of Royals’ lefty Matt Tenuta, marking the first multi-homer performance of his brief pro ball career. It didn’t take long for the Saguaros (comprised of players from the Royals, Twins, Cardinals, Rays and Rangers’ organizations) to start chipping away at the Javelinas’ lead, however. Padres’ hurler Jerry Keel looked shaky off the mound in the fourth inning, promptly serving up an RBI single to Chris Paul before Corbin Clouse walked in a run with four straight balls to Nick Dini.

Nicky Lopez delivered the biggest blow of the inning, striking a grand slam to take the Saguaros’ first lead over the Javelinas, 6-7. They padded that lead with another three-run spread in the fifth, banking on Paul’s two-run triple and a run-scoring passed ball to keep their rivals at arm’s length.

Down 10-6 in the eighth inning, Blue Jays’ outfielder Jonathan Davis caught another break from the Saguaros, taking Jacob Bodner deep with his first home run of the AFL. The Javelinas wouldn’t get another run-scoring hit all night, but they had plenty of help overturning the score after Josh Naylor’s bases-loaded walk, Alex Jackson’s RBI hit by pitch and a go-ahead fielder’s choice to score Urias in the ninth. (Of course, it didn’t hurt that Mariners’ righty Art Warren shut down the Saguaros with two innings of one-hit, five-strikeout ball, either.)

There are still 12 games remaining before the AFL concludes with its Championship Game on Saturday, November 18 at 3:08 PM ET. The Mesa Solar Sox currently head the AFL East division with a 15-10 record, while the Javelinas have the West on lockdown with a 15-11 record.

Giants, Cardinals reportedly have offers on the table for Giancarlo Stanton

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We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.

The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;

The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?

UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:

Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.