11 Nov

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Thanks again to MLB Network, there is live baseball on the tube today, and Mississippian Austin Riley is in the lineup for one of the teams. Peoria is at Surprise in the Arizona Fall League’s annual Military Appreciation Game set for 7 p.m. Riley, the 20-year-old third baseman and fast-climbing Atlanta prospect, is penciled into the third spot in the order for the visiting Javelinas, who are managed by 2017 Mississippi Braves skipper Luis Salazar. Riley hit his league-leading sixth home run on Friday. The ex-DeSoto Central standout is batting .333 with 16 RBIs and 11 runs in 14 games. This after his second straight 20-homer campaign in the minors; he hit eight of his 2017 bombs for the M-Braves. There already is speculation that Riley could make it to Atlanta this coming season. Two other 2017 M-Braves — outfielder Ronald Acuna, who leads the AFL in runs, and catcher Alex Jackson – are in the Peoria lineup, and ex-M-Brave Max Fried, tied for the league lead in wins with three, will be on the mound.

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