Perry on a tear for Modesto A's

By Anthony Rhoads

Jonesboro's Jason Perry is on a tear for the Modesto A's in the Class A California League.

Perry, who started the 2004 season with the double-A Midland Rockhounds, is batting .360 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in 49 games.

Last week, he hit nine home runs and on Thursday, went 4-for-4 with two homes runs to lead the A's to a 10-4 victory over the Visalia Oaks.

"I'm just tickled to death," Jonesboro head baseball coach Don Corr said. "He's had a great week. We're proud of him at Jonesboro and try to keep with him. He's done a fine job representing Jonesboro."

Perry played 28 games for the Midland Rockhounds, batting .198 with one home runs and 11 RBIs.

Perry, played collegiate baseball at Georgia Tech and played in the College World Series 2002. Perry was then drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Perry was with the Blue Jays' organization through the middle of last year before he was traded to the A's.

At Jonesboro High School, Perry was the runner-up for the Class AAA state player of the year in his junior weason and was all-state as a senior.

In his junior year, he batted .493 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs.

As a senior, he batted. .443 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs.

Perry's former Georgia Tech teammate Matt Murton was involved in the Nomar Garciaparra trade on Saturday.

Murton, who was with the Boston Red Sox's Class A affiliate in Sarasota, Fla., is now with the Chicago Cubs' organization as part of deal that sent Garciaparra to the Cubs.

This year in Sarasota of the Florida State League, Murton batted .301 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.

Murton played high school baseball at Eagle's Landing and still holds most of the school's batting records.

Murton then went on to Georgia Tech and was on the team that played in the College World Series.

Murton was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2003.

Former Stockbridge High School standout Kyle Davies is undefeated with Greenville, the Atlanta Braves' double-A affiliate in the Southern League.

Davies is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA and 39 strikeouts. He's walked only 12 batters.

Davies started the season with the single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League before being called up to Greenville.

At Myrtle Beach, Davies went 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA. He struck out 95 while walking only 32.

Davies graduated from Stockbridge in 2001 and was on the team that made it to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals that season.

Davies was 9-3 his senior year and 12-0 in his junior season at Stockbridge.

Davies was slated to go to Georgia Tech but was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2001 first-year amateur draft.

Maddux leaves without 300th win: CHICAGO ? Greg Maddux was denied his 300th win Sunday when he left after six innings with the Chicago Cubs trailing 3-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Maddux, trying to become the 22nd major league pitcher to reach 300 wins, probably will get his next chance Saturday in San Francisco.

The right-hander gave up three runs ? two earned ? and six hits, throwing 87 pitches. He walked two and struck out two.

The Phillies pushed across the go-ahead run in the fifth inning when Maddux hit Marlon Byrd with a pitch and he moved around on a sacrifice, a single by Jimmy Rollins and an error by right fielder Sammy Sosa.

Rollins and Bobby Abreu each homered in the first inning off Maddux to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. The Cubs tied the game in the second on homers by Sosa and Aramis Ramirez.