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Davies pitches through tough times with Royals

By Doug Gorman

Former Stockbridge pitcher Kyle Davies and his Kansas City Royals teammates have been through some tough times this season with the firing of manager Trey Hillman.

Davies, who now plays for former Braves third-base coach Ned Yost, is 3-2 on the season, including a victory over Baltimore in his last appearance earlier this week. On the year, Davies has 31 strikeouts, 19 walks and 4.93 ERA.

Davies began his career with the Braves minor league system after getting drafted out of Stockbridge High School.

Heyward lets bat do his talking: Jason Heyward is not your every day, run-of-the mill rookie baseball player. The Atlanta Braves' right fielder and Henry County graduate seems to have the knack for coming up with big timely hits, like Wednesday night when he smacked a two-out double to score Martin Pardo in the bottom of the ninth to give his team the victory.

The Braves' hometown hero is just 37 games into his major league career and is batting .276 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs heading into Friday's weekend series at Pittsburgh.

Murton turns into star for Hanshin Tigers in Japan: Matt Murton, who was a slugging outfielder at Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech, has turned into a superstar in Japan.

Murton, who plays for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League, is the fifth leading hitter in the league, batting an impressive .341 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.

Murton played in the Majors with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland and Colorado from 2005-2009.

Down on the farm: Three ball players from the Southern Crescent are working on their dreams of one day playing the big leagues too.

At Modesto, Isaiah Froneberger (1-0) picked up his first win of the year early in this week. The former Forest Park standout has a 1.33 ERA and 19 strikeouts and just five walks in 10 games. His Modesto teammate Scott Robinson, who played high school baseball at Henry County, is batting .195 through 28 games and 113 times at bat. He has 10 RBIs.

Luke Murton, the younger brother of Matt Murton, who also played for Eagles Landing and Georgia Tech, is having a solid year with the Charleston Riverdogs, the New York Yankees low-class A team in the South Atlantic League. In 40 games, Murton is batting .285 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.