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Height/Weight: 5-10/180 | Birthdate: 1/14/1984 | Birthplace: Bani, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 54/39 | Average Draft Position: 203.20
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Angles' Erick Aybar stays hot at the plate, goes 3 for 4 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar continued his recent hot streak at the plate on Saturday. Aybar went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles. He drove in a run and scored three in the 13-0 win over the Rangers.

In the last two games, Aybar has eight hits in nine at-bats with three RBI and five runs scored. His batting average now sits at .280, the highest it's been since the second game of the season. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar goes 5 for 5 on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was a perfect 5 for 5 in Friday's win over the Rangers. Aybar scored two runs, drove in two and doubled in the 8-2 victory.

This was Aybar's first five-hit game of his career, and he is now batting .432 over his last 13 games.

"He waited for some good pitches to hit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "Got into some good counts and just had a terrific offensive night. It was good to see Erick contribute."


Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar go back-to-back in Angels win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and shortstop Erick Aybar hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Yankees. 

Pujols went 1 for 4 with his 24th home run and first since June 22. He drove in a run for the second straight game, giving him 49. 

Aybar went 2 for 4 with his second home run and 12th double. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar ready to roll again Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Mike Scioscia predicted that Angels shortstop Erick Aybar would be back from a hamstring issue Monday - and he was right. Aybar is in the lineup against the Yankees.

Aybar, who was sidelined Saturday and Sunday, returns having hit safely in eight of his last nine games.


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) likely to start Monday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said shortstop Erick Aybar is expected to start on Monday against the Yankees, according to MLB.com. 

Aybar left Friday's game with a hamstring injury and did not start Saturday or Sunday. He did record a pinch-hit RBI in Sunday's 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Mariners. This season, Aybar is hitting .264/.305/.310. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) out of Sunday's lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners. 

Aybar is dealing with a hamstring injury which forced him to leave Friday's series-opener. Aybar didn't play Saturday and initially thought he'd be OK for Sunday's game. Instead, Aybar will not start for the second consecutive game. 

In Aybar's place in the starting lineup is Taylor Featherston, who is batting ninth. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) anticipates playing Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar plans on returning to the lineup Sunday after sitting Saturday as a precaution, according to Mike Scioscia.

"He's just tight," the manager told MLB.com. "We want to give him a day to recover, and see if he's OK (Sunday)."

Aybar was removed from the game Friday with left hamstring tightness.


Angels' Erick Aybar out of Saturday's lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is out of the lineup for Saturday's game. 

Aybar left Friday's game with hamstring tightness. It wasn't believed to be serious, but he'll be replaced on Saturday by Taylor Featherston. It's Featherston's third start of the year and first since June 18. 


Angles SS Erik Aybar leaves game with hamstring tightness


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar left Friday's game in the seventh inning with left hamstring tightness. Aybar had been 1 for 2 with a double before exiting the game. 

It is not clear if Aybar will be forced to miss any further time with the injury, though this is the same ailment that cost him a couple of games in May, according to MLB.com.


Angels SS Erick Aybar notches three hits in win over Astros


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar extended his hitting streak to six games in a win over the Astros on Wednesday.

Aybar went 3 for 6 and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning.

Aybar is hitting .400 with 10 hits, five runs and two RBI over his last six games.


Angels 2B Erick Aybar has raked against Sunday starter Kazmir


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Both lefties and righties have generally struggled to hit Oakland southpaw Scott Kazmir, but there are exceptions. One of them is Angels switch-hitter Erick Aybar, who is set to face Kazmir on Sunday.

Aybar is batting .750 (6-for-8) with three RBI lifetime against Kazmir.


Angels hold struggling Aybar, Joyce out of lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia opted to hold shortstop Erick Aybar and left fielder Matt Joyce out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

It was just the third time Aybar was held out of the lineup this season and first time since May 30. Joyce sat for the third time in five games.

Both players are struggling offensively. Aybar is mired in a 1-for-27 slump in his last seven games, while Joyce is batting .200 (8 for 40) through 15 June games.

"I think he's put a little pressure on himself right now at this point because some hits aren't falling in," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about Aybar, per MLB.com. "He's playing a lot, he just needs a bit of a break."

Although, Joyce did go 2 for 3 with one triple, one walk and one run on Wednesday.

"We definitely are balancing when a hitter is starting to swing the bat well and you also grind out some at-bats when they're doing poorly, which I think we've done with Matt," Scioscia said. "In the big picture, it's one day, Matt's still going to get his opportunity to contribute, but we've got some guys on our team who we feel very confident are going to contribute."


Angels intrigued by idea of facing A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) The Angels and Athletics will open a three-game series in Anaheim on Friday night, and the Angels are already intriguied by the idea of facing A's reliever Pat Venditte.

Venditte, major league baseball's first swith-pitcher in 20 years, made his debut for the Athletics last week, and has produced 5 2/3 innings of solid work since.

The Angels faced Venditte in spring training, but not many of their regular players got a chance to face him. They remain eager to step into the box against the switch pitcher.

“I’m curious to see him,” said Angels shortstop Erick Aybar, a switch-hitter. “If he goes left, I’ll hit from the right side. If he goes right, I’ll go left. It should be fun.”


Angels SS Erick Aybar collects three hits in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 3 for 6 at the plate to help lead the Angels to a 8-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

Aybar also scored two runs during the game and his batting average now stands at .272. Prior to his three-hit game Tuesday, Aybar had been hitting .255 with one run and five RBI in his last 14 games.


Angels' Erick Aybar (hamstring) back in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is back in the starting lineup and leading off in Sunday's matchup with the Tigers.

Aybar was removed from Thursday's game with hamstring tightness and didn't play in either of his team's last two games, but it appears he's healed enough to serve his normal role on Sunday. He has hit .273/.318/.328 with one home run, 15 RBI and three stolen bases in 183 at-bats.

The Angels are slight favorites (-107) against the Tigers, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) still out of lineup on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar remains out of the starting lineup on Saturday against the Tigers. Aybar sat out Friday's game after injuring his left hamstring on Thursday.

Aybar believes he is ready to go, but the team decided to give him one more day to recover. He's expected to have a full workout on Saturday, and should be in the lineup on Sunday, according to the Orange Count Register

Grant Green is getting the start at shortstop and batting ninth in Saturday's lineup. 


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) plans to return Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has declared himself fine after sustaining a hamstring injury on Thursday, per the Orange County Register. He is on the bench Friday night, but plans on playing Saturday.

Aybar will return to a seven-game hitting streak, though he has just one multi-hit game during that stretch.


Angels SS Erick Aybar (hamstring) out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) A left hamstring issue has Angels shortstop Erick Aybar set to sit Friday night against Detroit. He sustained the injury on Thursday.

Aybar did run his hitting streak to seven games before going down.


Angels' Erick Aybar (hamstring) not expected to need DL stint


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after Thursday's win over the Tigers that shortstop Erick Aybar (hamstring) is not expected to need a trip to the disabled list, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Aybar left Thursday's game due to hamstring tightness. He suffered the injury while trying to beat a bunt to first base. The team could call up a capable replacement at shortstop even if the Angels believe Aybar will only miss a few games with the injury. He was replaced Thursday by Taylor Featherston, who had played a total of six innings across four games at the position this season.


Angels' Erick Aybar exits Thursday with hamstring tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to left hamstring tightness, the team announced.

Aybar appeared to suffer the injury on a safety squeeze in the fifth inning while trying to beat out his bunt. He was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI before being replaced by Taylor Featherston. Aybar has hit .273/.318/.328 with one home run, 15 RBI and three stolen bases in 183 at-bats and has served as the team's regular leadoff hitter as of late.


Angels SS Erick Aybar smashes his first homer of 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has been raking for three weeks, but he did something Friday night he had not done all year.

He homered.

Aybar blasted off with one aboard to put the cherry on top in a nine-run fifth that buried Boston. He had already walked and scored in the inning.

He has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and his .325 slugging percentage is at its highest point since the season opener.


Angels' Scioscia: Aybar's OBP won't be off the charts as leadoff man


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia is hoping that shortstop Erick Aybar will add a spark to the offense from the leadoff spot, per the Los Angeles Times.

Aybar spent seven games at the top of the order earlier in the season before taking over the top spot for the foreseeable future on Monday. He is hitting .286 (4 for 14) in his first three games back as the leadoff man, and .387 (24 for 62) with four RBI and a .406 on-base percentage over his last 16 games played.

"I don't think you ever ask a player to do something he's either not comfortable with or not suited for," Scioscia said. "With Erick, although he's not going to see as many pitches as a traditional leadoff guy, he's athletic, he's going to get in scoring position a lot.

"His on-base is not going to be off the charts, but it's not going to be awful, either. He's going to get on base enough, get in scoring position enough to where he can still be effective as a table-setter."


Angels SS Erick Aybar on aches and pains: 'It's bad'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Just call him Aching Erick. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is having problems with his lower back and hamstrings.

"It's bad," he told MLB.com.

It has not shown at the plate. Aybar has hit in 10 straight games and 14 of his last 15. His average has catapulted during that stretch from .200 to .279, its highest point since April 10.


Angels bat Erick Aybar leadoff, Kole Calhoun cleanup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Angels have flipped players in two prominent lineup spots for Monday's matchup with the Blue Jays, as shortstop Erick Aybar will lead off while right fielder Kole Calhoun bats cleanup.

Aybar will lead off for the ninth time this season. He's spent most of the year batting fifth or lower, but he was the team's cleanup hitter on Saturday for the first time this season and reprised the role Sunday.

"What Erick doesn't bring in patience, working counts, he brings in just athleticism and still gets on base at a rate which hopefully will set the table for Mike (Trout) and Albert (Pujols) moving forward," manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "And also, we have Johnny Giavotella pushed back to ninth, to try to connect him with Mike. Hopefully there will be some table-setting there that's happening, and we'll get to the big guys in our lineup. "

Calhoun has made 28 starts in the leadoff spot, but he did bat cleanup five times in a row starting on April 30, with Aybar serving as the leadoff man in all five games. The team went 1-4 during that stretch, losing four straight games before going back to Calhoun at the leadoff spot.

"As much as we really like Kole in the leadoff spot, and in front of Mike, I think what we're presented with right now just makes the most sense to go with it this way," Scioscia said. "Guys have had a lot of time to get into their game and aren't there yet, so we need to start to take a little pressure off our pitching staff."

The Angels are road favorites (-123) in Toronto on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels manager Mike Scioscia may move up Erick Aybar to leadoff


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's thinking about moving up shortstop Erick Aybar in the lineup to leadoff while dropping down right fielder Kole Calhoun towards the middle, reports the Orange County Register.

Aybar, who's primarily hit fifth or sixth this season, has been on a recent tear, batting .417 (15 for 36) over his last 10 games.

Calhoun has hit leadoff in 25 of the Angels' 34 games this season, hitting .314 with three homers and 18 RBI.