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Playing hardball
Former Stockbridge grad Davies strong on the mound

By Brian Paglia

bpaglia@news-daily.com

Here's an update on local baseball products from the Southern Crescent toiling - or thriving - in the minor leagues or in the big league stadiums of Major League Baseball:

· Kyle Davies - Davies got the win Sunday in the Kansas City Royals' 6-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

The Stockbridge graduate pitched five solid innings and allowed only one run on six hits to improve his record to 4-2. The win lowered Davies' ERA to 4.34.

· Matt Murton - The Eagle's Landing graduate was demoted Monday by the Oakland Athletics to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats to make room for infielder Eric Patterson, who was brought to Oakland along with Murton in the blockbuster trade that sent starting pitcher Rich Harden to the Chicago Cubs.

Murton had been hitless in his past 13 plate appearances with the Athletics while filling in for the injured Ryan Sweeney.

· Jason Perry - The Georgia Tech and Jonesboro alumni, whose story and travels through the minors has been well-chronicled, hasn't fared well in his return to the Triple-A Richmond Braves.

Perry went 1-for-8 (.125) in his first three games back after being demoted by the Braves to make room for the return of Jeff Francoeur. Perry's average dropped to .289 to go along with his five home runs and 14 RBIs.

· Scott Robinson - Robinson has hit a slump with the Colorado Rockies' Single-A affiliate Tri-City Dust Devils.

The Henry County product ended a 7-game hitting streak last Tuesday and has since gone 4-for-18 (.222) to drop his season average to .281.

· Jason Heyward - Heyward continued his recent slump for the Single-A Rome Braves.

The Henry County graduate went 5-for-22 (.227) with a home run and two RBIs in his past six games, dropping his average on the season to .319, still good for first of the team.

· Isaiah Froneburgur - The former Forest Park High School player had a string of three consecutive appearances without giving up a run snapped last Thursday, when he gave up a run on three hits in 2/3 of an inning.

The good week lowered Froneburgur's ERA to 4.73. He's averaging an outlandish 17.6 strikeouts per nine innings for the Rockies' Rookie League affiliate Casper Ghosts.

· Michael Rozier - Rozier's struggles continued with the Single-A Greenville Drive.

Already facing questions about his confidence, Rozier gave up three runs on four hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work Saturday. But the outing actually improved the Henry County product's ERA from 37.80 to 30.00.

Rozier has given up 10 runs in just three total innings of work coming out of the bullpen for the Drive.