Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/18/12

DETROIT - AUGUST 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions motions on the line across from Eric Wright #24 the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on August 23, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT -- The Tigers might have found their new center fielder. Austin Jackson is still sidelined with a abdominal strain, but a prospect named Calvin Johnson showed some promise in a pregame workout Friday. The Pro Bowl wide receiver took a afternoon off from his day job with the Lions to take batting practice, and after a shaky start, launched a home run into the Tigers bullpen in left field. "I told Delmon Young that if I didn't hit a homer today, I was going to keep coming back," Johnson joked after taking three turns in the cage. "I hit one out today, but I'm still going to come back and do this again." Johnson played baseball in high school, and said that he had some contact with at least one major-league team before going to Georgia Tech to play football. "I know I had some history with the Cincinnati Reds, but I don't know if they drafted me, or if they just contacted me about a tryout," he said. "By that point, though, football had pretty much taken over my life." Ti...
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