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Austin triples in All-Star Game debut

Charleston, S.C. -- For a player appearing in his first minor league all-star game, Tyler Austin sure handled himself like a veteran.

Playing for the Charleston RiverDogs in the team's home ballpark, Austin tripled to lead off the ninth inning and scored a run on a single by teammate Francisco Arcia in the southern division all-stars' 3-2 loss to the northern division Tuesday in the 53rd South Atlantic League All-Star Game at Riley Park.

It was the only hit in four plate appearances for Austin, the former Heritage High School standout, who started in right field and batted third.

With the all-star festivities out of the way, Austin can get back to tearing up the Sally League. In his third season in the New York Yankees organization after being a 13th round selection in 2010, Austin is hitting .336 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs, while compiling a .409 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage.

Charleston, which went 39-28 in the first half and is in third place, six and a half games back in the southern division, begins a three-game series at Greenville, S.C., at 7:05 p.m. today.