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Maybin's 10-game hit streak comes to end

Maybin's 10-game hit streak comes to end

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Maybin's 10-game hit streak comes to end
SAN DIEGO -- Cameron Maybin didn't appear to have any lingering issues with the strained left hip flexor that caused him to miss Monday's game, and he didn't feel anything wrong with it, either.

As such, Padres manager Bud Black had his center fielder leading off in Tuesday's opener against the D-backs.

"He felt good," Black said.

Maybin moved well, too. Physically, he ran like new before the game.

"The medical staff feels good about where he is, and Cam knows how he feels," Black said.

If Maybin feels ready, that's certainly good news for the Padres -- especially considering the way he's played of late.

"Isn't he a specimen?" Black said.

Maybin and Arizona's Justin Upton were just named the National League Co-Players of the Week. The 24-year-old stole eight bases and was tied for the big league lead in hits last week. Maybin has swiped a bag in each of his past six games, joining Dave Roberts (2006) and Alan Wiggins (1983) as the only Padres players to do that.

"Pitch recognition. Laying off the slider. Swinging at strikes. Getting on base a number of different ways, the walk, the infield hit, the base hit. Better contact, harder contact," Black said of the difference in Maybin's game. "Offensively, that's pretty simple. He's laying off balls and swinging at strikes. Squaring it up."

Maybin entered Tuesday's 6-1 loss to the D-backs riding a 10-game hitting streak, but that came to an end after an 0-for-4 evening against Arizona starter Joe Saunders.

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