Maybin enjoying renaissance in second Tigers tenure

Maybin enjoying renaissance in second Tigers tenure

DETROIT -- Cameron Maybin has caught a bit of a second wind since rejoining the Tigers.

Maybin, who was a first-round Draft pick in 2005 and a promising prospect for the Tigers, spent part of the 2007 season with Detroit, but he had just seven hits in 24 games. After being dealt to the Marlins in the trade that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit, Maybin spent eight seasons in and out of the big leagues with the Marlins and Padres, and last season with the Braves.

Maybin spent the first month and a half of this season on the disabled list after suffering a broken wrist in Spring Training. He made his second Tigers debut on May 16.

While he had the highest batting average of his career last season, Maybin has returned to the big leagues with a bang. He hit safely in his first 10 games, and in 17 of 19, including all 13 at Comerica Park entering Monday.

Maybin is sporting a .414 average with nine RBIs this season, and he was recently moved to the No. 2 slot in the Tigers' lineup. He went 5-for-12 in that spot during a weekend sweep of the White Sox.

Maybin said he doesn't approach things any differently higher in the lineup, but is just happy to "be a piece in the puzzle" while the Tigers are winning.

"We've been playing good baseball, and that's my main objective, to bring good energy to the team and try to figure out a way to keep playing good, team baseball," Maybin said.

Manager Brad Ausmus stands by the fact that long-term, he thinks it's better to have more of an RBI producer in the two-hole, but he is sticking with Maybin for now because of the outfielder's hot start.

Maybin batted second for Detroit on Monday night in the opener of a three-game set with the Blue Jays.

Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.