Oakland (23-36) at Atlanta (31-28)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Fri Jun 10, 2005
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Kyle Davies hasn’t so much as blinked at the pressure of being thrust into the Atlanta Braves’ rotation.

The rookie right-hander will look to continue his brilliant start when Atlanta opens a three-game interleague series with the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Davies, forced into the starting five after injuries forced Mike Hampton (forearm) and John Thomson (finger) to the disabled list, has held the opposition scoreless in three of his first four big league outings.

On Saturday, Davies helped the Braves to a 1-0 victory at Pittsburgh, yielding seven hits over a season-high 7 2-3 innings while striking out five and walking four. Though he did not factor in the decision, the 21-year-old Georgia native continued to impress manager Bobby Cox.

“He was outstanding,” Cox said of Davies, who lowered his ERA to 0.77. “We just couldn’t get a run for him.”

Davies has 21 strikeouts and 11 walks in 23 1-3 innings and has yet to surrender a homer.

The Braves had the day off Thursday after losing two of three to the visiting Los Angeles Angels. However, Atlanta did learn that star third baseman Chipper Jones would miss four to six weeks while his injured left foot heals.

Jones met with a foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, in Charlotte, N.C. Anderson advised against surgery, saying Jones should continue wearing an immobilization boot on his foot. That confirmed the findings of Dr. Joe Chandler and the team’s medical staff after Jones underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday.

The MRI showed a partially torn ligament and a severe bone bruise.

“I have spoken with Dr. Chandler and we will follow Dr. Anderson’s recommendation on a conservative treatment at this time.” Braves general manager John Schuerholz said. “Chipper will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks, at which time we will assess his healing process.”

The 33-year-old Jones has been playing with pain since April 24, when he hurt his foot running the bases. He was initially diagnosed with a bone bruise, but believed all along that the injury was more serious.

Jones re-injured the foot during Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh and was in excruciating pain as he was helped off the field. He went on the 15-day disabled list the following day.

The sore foot clearly had an impact on Jones’ performance. He was 1-for-27 in his last eight games, dropping his average from .333 to .282. He has seven homers and 26 RBIs.

The A’s dropped to 1-5 in interleague play after suffering a three-game sweep at Washington.

Oakland has lost 11 straight road games, and manager Ken Macha’s bid to change things up by bypassing on-field batting practice didn’t exactly get his offense going in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Nationals.

In nearly half their games—29 of 59—the A’s have scored three runs or fewer, and they’re 4-25 in those contests.

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53 BB 49
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