Cameron Maybin hits the longest homer of 2012


Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin took Arizona’s Trevor Cahill way out of Chase Field on Monday night, hitting a 485-foot homer to left-center.

ESPN Stats & Info gives it a one-foot edge over Nelson Cruz’s homer on June 3 and four feet on Travis Hafner’s blast on April 15.

The homer was just Maybin’s fourth of the season and first since June 8, but it shows what kind of power he has if he can ever harness it. A big disappointment this year after a promising first season in San Diego, he entered Monday’s game batting .202/.281/.289 in 263 at-bats. In the hopes that simpler mechanics will lead to more contact, the Padres have had him rework his swing by dropping his leg kick.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.