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Full-speed Maybin might've gone for inside-the-park HR

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Tigers' Cameron Maybin gets lots of applause after he triples with two RBIs to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead in the fourth inning.

Detroit -- A completely healthy Cameron Maybin might've had a shot at an inside-the-park home run Monday night.

But he's still dealing with a little quad strain, so he didn't want to push it.

"Just playing it safe," Maybin said. "If my legs felt as good as they usually do, I'm sure I would've thought about it."

Maybin settled for a huge, two-out, two-run triple in the fourth inning of Monday night's 8-7, 12-inning victory over the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park.

The ball was a shot to left-center that just eluded the outstretched glove of Mariners center fielder Leonys Martin, and Maybin was off to the races.

It looked as if he could get the fifth inside-the-park home run by a Tiger in Comerica Park's 17-year history, first since Curtis Granderson in 2007.
It would've been the second inside-the-parker of his career.

"Maybe I had one in Miami," Maybin said.

Sure enough, Maybin had one for the then-Florida Marlins on May 31, 2010, off Marco Estrada, then of the Milwaukee Brewers.
And he's sure he had some in Little League.

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"Those don't count," he said, laughing. "Everyone gets them in Little League."

Maybin got a couple starts off over the weekend in Kansas City to rest the quad, for which he's still getting treatment. He pulled a trainer aside in the clubhouse before Monday's game.

He's still batting .354/.411/.416 in his second go-around with the Tigers.

"Pretty good. Still holding up," he said, when asked about the legs. "My cruise control is usually faster than most everybody else's regular speed, anyway."

Maybin, a first-round pick by the Tigers in 2005 who was considered a five-tool talent, still hasn't put it all together at the major-league level.

There have been glimpses, to be sure.

But injuries usually have gotten in the way. This spring, he had a bunch of them, delaying his return to Detroit's starting lineup -- after being traded away in 2007 in the blockbuster Miguel Cabrera trade.

An achy wrist, stemming from being hit by a pitch in the spring, cropped up recently, too. When asked about the wrist, Maybin seemed puzzled.
"What about it?" he asked.

Maybin, the only true center fielder on the Tigers' active roster, got a cortisone shot on the left wrist a couple weeks back.
Speaking of which, for us non-athletes, what exactly does the cortisone shot do?

"I don't know," said Maybin, "but it seems to work.

"It seems to be doing it's job."

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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