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Greg Bird with the Tampa Yankees in 2014 (Bryan Green)

Bird, Austin Shine in AFL Debut

It did not take long for Yankees prospect Greg Bird and Tyler Austin to contribute to the Scottsdale Scorpions. The two baby bombers had arguably the best debut in the opening game of the 2014 Arizona Fall League Season.

Greg Bird batted fourth in the prospect-stacked lineup and was the designated hitter. Bird connected for three hits, including two doubles and a homerun. He scored three times and had four out of the team’s six RBIs in the game.

Tyler Austin found himself in right-field for the Scorpions and batted sixth in the lineup where he was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Bird’s first two RBIs came in the top of the first inning when with runners at second and third he sent a fly ball to right-center field that bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double and clearing the bases. Then with two outs Tyler Austin came to the plate and grounded a single to centerfield to bring him his fellow Yankee for his first RBI and hit of the night.

In the top of the fifth inning both Yankee farm hands would contribute once again. With two men on base Greg Bird hit another ground-rule double to bring home a run, then after a ground out and wild pitch Tyler Austin singled to center to bring home Bird once again.

Greg Bird would earn another RBI in the top of the seventh inning when he sent the ball over the right field fence for his first homerun of the fall league.

These two teams will play once again tonight with the Scorpions as the home team.

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