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Heyward back in top form heading into weekend series

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

(Editor's note: The statistics mentioned in this story didn't reflect any games played on Friday.)

Former Henry County High School baseball player and current Atlanta Braves sensational rookie Jason Heyward appears well again.

After spending some time recently on the disabled list, and before that, watching his offense go into a tailspin, the McDonough native appears to be well again.

In the recently completed series against the San Diego Padres in which Heyward went 7-for-15, he drove in two RBIs to help Atlanta win Thursday's series finale. He is now batting a respectable .261 with 48 RBIs and 11 home runs.

Kyle Davies: The former Stockbridge Tiger, who made his pro debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2005 at the age of 21 before getting traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2008, is still looking to get things turned around.

Davis is 4-6 with eight no decisions for the Royals this year. His stats includes 65 strikeouts and 45 walks.

Saturday he pitches again against the New York Yankees. Davies and the team decked out in their famous pin stripes have an interesting history. Three years ago, Davies surrendered Alex Rodriguez's 500th-career homer. Now, A-Rod is closing in on another milestone--600 career homers. It sets up an interesting scenario when Davies takes the mound today.

Matt Murton: So far, Major League Baseball hasn't worked out for the former Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech standout.

Despite hitting .286 with the Chicago Cubs, the Oakland Athletics and the Colorado Rockies, Murton always seemed to be the out-man out when it came to sticking with a big-league ball club.

This year in his first season of playing pro ball in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers might have found the league's next superstar.

Going into weekend play, Murton is batting .348 with 10 home runs and 57 RBIs and the team is in a pennant race.

On the farm:

Matt Murton's younger brother Luke, who also played at Eagles Landing and Georgia Tech, is working his way up the professional baseball ladder as a member of the New York Yankees' low-class A team in Charleston.

The younger Murton has smacked eight home runs and driven in 38 runs while batting .290 this season.

Forest Park graduate Isaiah Froneberger, a fourth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies organization, is 2-2 as a pitcher for Modesto, a Class A team. Most of Froneberger's work has been in middle relief as he has appeared in 33 games. He has a 4.30 ERA with 51 strike outs and 32 walks.

Scott Robinson, Froneberger's minor-league teammate, played his school ball at Henry County. He is batting .222 with 32 RBI.

Former Union Grove standout Jordan Akins had a tough decision to make when it came to deciding whether to play college football for George O'Leary at Central Florida, or begin his profession baseball career in the Texas Rangers organization after being picked in the third round.

Akins selected baseball. Through 18 games with the team's rookie league squad in Arizona, he is hitting .228 with five RBIs and a homer.