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Murton stays hot with Cubs

By Doug Gorman

Baseball player Matt Murton is making the most of his first month in the Major Leagues.

The Chicago Cubs' outfielder has appeared in seven games since making his major-league debut on July 8 against the Florida Marlins.

Murton, who played college baseball at Georgia Tech, leading the Yellow Jackets to the College World Series in 2002, pushed his major league batting average to .412 (7-of-17) after his game on July 18 at Cincinnati.

Murton went 4-for-5 against the Reds.

Two days earlier, Murton picked up one hit in three at-bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The McDonough resident began the season in the Cubs' double-A farm system when he was called up to the big-league team to replace the demoted Corey Patterson, the brother of another former Tech baseball player Eric Patterson.

In his major league debut, Murton went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

In other news involving professional baseball players with ties to the Southern Crescent, Kyle Davis isn't letting his getting sent back down to the minor leagues get the best of him.

After pitching in 11 games with the Atlanta Braves and compiling a 4-3 record, the former Stockbridge High School pitcher was sent back to the team's triple-A farm club when veteran pitcher Mike Hampton returned to the squad after missing more than a month on the disabled list.

In his first game back in Richmond, Davies pitched six innings en route to his team's 6-1 win.

Davies finished the game with seven strikeouts and just one walk.

Also, former Jonesboro baseball player Jason Perry continues to display plenty of power for the Midland Rockhounds, the double-A club of the Oakland Athletics.

Perry has smacked 17 homers and is batting .266.

In a game earlier this week, Perry homered in both the seventh and eighth innings to help lead Midland to a 4-3 win against Corpus Christi

He also finished with three RBIs in the game. So far this season, Perry has 55 RBIs.

Like Murton, Perry played at Georgia Tech during the Yellow Jackets 2002 trip to the College World Series.