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Davies off to 2-1 start, Murton playing well in Japan

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward might have broken out of his slump Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals despite the team's ninth loss in a row.

Heyward hit a homer and finished the game with a 2-for-4 performance.

Just what the Braves needed heading into the weekend series at home against the Houston Astros.

Heyward started Friday's contest with a .239 average. He has hit five home runs and knocked in 17 runs.

Here is a look at how some of the other professional baseball players from the Southern Crescent are doing:

Kyle Davies: The former Stockbridge High School standout, who began his pro career with the Atlanta Braves before a trade sent him to the Kanas City Royals, is off to a 2-1 start with a 3.65 ERA. Davies has struckout 17 and walked nine in four appearances. In a recent game against the Seattle Mariners, Davies picked up the win after pitching seven shutout innings.

Matt Murton: The former Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech star's baseball career has taken him across the globe. After major league stops in Chicago, Oakland and Colorado, Murton currently shags flyballs and hits home runs for a professional baseball team in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers.

Life in Japanese baseball must agree with him.

In 26 games, Murton is hitting .330 with four homers and 11 RBIs.

Down on the farm:

Isaiah Froneberger: The former Forest Park pitcher hasn't had a decision through six games at Modesto, the Colorado Rockies upper Class A team, but he has an ERA of 2.84 with five strikeouts and nine walks.

Scott Robinson: Robinson played his high school ball at Henry County. Now, he is Froneberger's teammate at Modesto. He is struggling with the bat, and comes into the weekend with a .175 average.

Luke Murton: The former Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech slugger is in his second year of professional baseball and currently plays for the Charleston Riverdogs, the New York Yankees low class A team. Murton is the second leading hitter on his team with a .291 average. He has hit three home runs and drove in 10 RBIs. He is the younger brother of Matt Murton.