TOKYO, Japan — UPDATE: Team USA's opening baseball game brought the heat as they battled Israel. The team won the opening round with 8-1, advancing them to the next round of games.
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There are three native Georgians with the team, looking to bring the baseball gold home with the sport's return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008.
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Those Georgians on the Team USA roster include outfielder Tyler Austin, who has played parts of four MLB seasons, his last in 2019 with the San Francisco Giants and two other teams. Austin is from Conyers.
Austin grew up a fan of the New York Yankees and would later get drafted in 2010 by the same team he admired. The first-time Olympian hopes to strike gold with the rest of the team.
Veteran minor league relief pitcher Anthony Carter, a Parkview High School graduate from Decatur. Carter, who plays for the Saraperos de Saltillo, a professional baseball team in Mexico, is also a first-time Olympian. He was part of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft and joined the Chicago White Sox. The 2018 Mexican Mid-Season All-Star calls Lawrence, Ga., home.
Columbus native Edwin Jackson - who won more than 100 games as a starting pitcher in his 17-year MLB career - is also with the team. He has been with 14 different MLB teams after being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002. The baseball veteran has two World Series and an All-Star Game under his belt; however, the 37-year-old is making his Olympic debut.