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July 23, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
An X-ray Saturday revealed an inconclusive "line" on the right big toe that Erick Aybar fouled a ball off earlier in the day, and the Angels shortstop will be evaluated again Tuesday, the team announced. "He's not close to playing now," Angels Mike Scioscia said Monday after Aybar was spotted striding through the team's clubhouse in a walking boot strapped to just below his knee. "It will be determined by how he feels and if he can improve enough. Hopefully, he can avoid the disabled list.
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April 28, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: The Angels were in position to hand Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka his first loss since Aug. 19, 2012, and end his 31-game win streak dating back to Japan. But Garrett Richards' two-seam fastball to Mark Teixeira didn't sink, and a pitch the right-hander called the "one mistake I made" was crushed for a solo homer into the second deck in right field, tying the score, 2-2, in the seventh inning. AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored in the fourth on Erick Aybar's double, Ian Stewart's hit by pitch, Chris Iannetta's walk and J.B. Shuck's run-scoring fielder's choice.
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April 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar appears headed for the disabled list because of a left-heel contusion the switch-hitter said “hurt a lot more” Wednesday than it did Tuesday night, when he suffered the injury while beating out an infield single in the third inning against the Oakland Athletics. “Today, it's more sore,” said Aybar, who was awaiting results of an MRI test and X-rays early Wednesday evening. “I'm not sure if anything is broken. I just know it hurts right now. I'm pretty worried.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
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August 9, 2009 | JIM PELTZ
Jered Weaver struck out 11 batters for the second consecutive time and Erick Aybar hit a game-winning home run. But in the eyes of Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, the deciding factor in the Angels' 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium was the relief pitching of Kevin Jepsen in the eighth inning. Jepsen inherited runners on second base and third base with one out when Weaver departed the game Saturday, but the 25-year-old right-hander retired Michael Young and Marlon Byrd to help preserve the win. "The biggest thing this afternoon was Kevin Jepsen; I don't think you could ask for anything more from a guy pitching in the back end of the bullpen than what he did," Scioscia said.
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August 10, 2009 | Jim Peltz
One of the hottest hitters lately in the Angels' potent offense is Erick Aybar . The 25-year-old shortstop began today's game against the Texas Rangers having hit .396 over his prior 25 games, with 20 runs batted in and 13 multi-hit games. And Aybar capped that hitting spree with a solo home run Saturday, his fifth of the season, that gave the Angels a 3-2 win over Texas and enabled Jered Weaver to earn his 12th victory of the season. Although he was 0 for 4 in today's game, Aybar said his stout hitting lately is a dividend from intensive practice, including time spent with hitting instructor Mickey Hatcher . "I've been hitting every day, working in the [batting]
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January 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto has had preliminary discussions with the agents for second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar about multiple-year deals that would prevent the infielders from becoming free agents after the 2012 season. Kendrick, who hit .285 with 18 home runs, 30 doubles and 63 runs batted in last season, and the slick-fielding Aybar, who hit .279 with 10 homers, 33 doubles and 59 RBIs, are entering their final years of arbitration. "At this point, it's something we've begun to explore and will continue to explore," Dipoto said.
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July 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Angels Manager Mike Scioscia couldn't say for certain whether a 12-pitch at-bat that resulted in a third-inning single in a 9-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on June 12 is what sparked Erick Aybar's month-long hot streak. Nor could he rule it out. “I guess you can rationalize and go back and say that's why this happened,” Scioscia said before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. “There's nothing wrong with a 12-pitch at-bat.
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June 12, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BALTIMORE - Erick Aybar hit a three-run triple and Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run to highlight a six-run seventh inning that led the Angels to a 9-5 come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards on Wednesday. Baltimore slugger Chris Davis snapped a 2-2 tie with his major league-leading 21 st homer to center field to lead off the fourth, and Adam Jones lined a solo shot to left to lead off the sixth for a 4-2 Orioles' lead. But Alberto Callaspo led off the seventh with a single off Baltimore starter Jason Hammel, Brad Hawpe walked on four pitches, and the Angels caught a break when reliever Pedro Strop deflected Hank Conger's potential double-play chopper up the middle, the ball dribbling into the infield grass for a single.
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February 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - It is with great national pride that Erick Aybar will leave Angels camp late next week to join the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic. "I feel good because I'll be representing my country," said Aybar, who is expected to share time at shortstop with Toronto's Jose Reyes. "That means everything to me. " Commissioner Bud Selig, perhaps the biggest proponent of the WBC, can only wish more players from the U.S. shared Aybar's sentiments. American players, for many reasons, have not embraced the tournament like those from Latin America and the Pacific Rim, and most managers and general managers are relieved when their players, especially starting pitchers, decline invitations.
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April 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Tigers 5, Angels 2 KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the fourth inning, right-hander Max Scherzer struck out Erick Aybar swinging to end the inning and preserve a 3-1 lead. A hit by the Angels shortstop in that situation would have tied and changed the complexion of the game. BOX SCORE: Tigers 5, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels managed only four hits, but two were home runs, a shot to right field by J.B. Shuck to lead off the game and a ninth-inning shot to left field that gave Albert Pujols 498. The Angels lead the major leagues with 29 home runs.
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April 12, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels have played three games since cleanup batter Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list. The cleanup batters: David Freese in the first game, Raul Ibanez in the second and Howie Kendrick in the third. Kendrick, the Angels' second baseman, has started 903 career games, 12 in the cleanup spot. For now, Kendrick is likely to be the cleanup batter against left-handed starters, Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels like the idea of a left-handed batter behind Albert Pujols and in the cleanup spot against right-handers, Scioscia said.
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March 17, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
AT THE PLATE: Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run, the second of his two hits against the Giants. He also stole a base. Erick Aybar (two hits) and Howie Kendrick (two runs batted in) make for a hot-hitting middle infield, with Aybar at .333 and Kendrick at .387. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago (against the Giants) and Joe Blanton (against the Cubs) each pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Joe Smith, the Angels' $15.75-million relief solution, blew a 6-3 lead against the Giants by giving up four runs and four hits.
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March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Mariners 5, Angels 3 AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar singled and tripled for two of the Angels' six hits. Kole Calhoun, Matt Long and Andrew Romine each stole a base, giving the Angels 16 steals in 19 games. Romine, fighting for a backup infield job, has stolen four bases. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson gave up four runs - two earned - in five-plus innings. He struck out seven, giving him 19 strikeouts in 16 innings this spring. Right-hander Cory Rasmus scarcely is mentioned among the Angels' bullpen candidates, but he pitched two scoreless innings Sunday and has a 0.00 earned-run average through nine innings this spring.
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March 8, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Temperatures are rising in the Phoenix area, but the Angels offense has cooled considerably since the team banged out 15 hits in a 15-3 win over the Chicago Cubs in their Cactus League opener on Feb. 28. In eight exhibition games since, the Angels, who face an Arizona split squad Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, have combined for 25 runs and 69 hits. Only three Angels regulars seem to be swinging the bat well: catcher Chris Iannetta, who is hitting .500 (four for eight)
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September 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Angels looked a little groggy Saturday morning, committing five errors, one shy of their franchise record for a game, in the first five innings of a 7-4 loss to Texas that kept the Rangers' playoff hopes alive. But Manager Mike Scioscia wasn't buying the suggestion that an early start - the game was moved from 7 p.m. CDT to 11 a.m. because of the threat of heavy rains, which drenched the Ballpark in Arlington field in the bottom of the ninth inning - was a factor in the sloppy play.
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April 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels on Thursday officially signed shortstop Erick Aybar to a four-year, $35-million contract extension, a move that provides stability and Gold Glove-caliber defense at a key position through 2016. Aybar's deal, which includes a $1-million signing bonus but does not include a no-trade provision, will pay him annual salaries of $8.5 million in each of the next four years. The switch-hitter is playing under a one-year, $5.075-million contract this season. The Angels held an informal luncheon at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney to announce the signing.
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February 19, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels avoided arbitration with shortstop Erick Aybar , who agreed to a one-year, $2.05-million contract Thursday, but they could not avoid it with catcher Jeff Mathis , who missed Thursday's workout to attend his hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mathis, an agile defender who hit .211 with five home runs and 28 runs batted in last season, asked for a salary of $1.3 million; the Angels countered with an offer of $700,000. A decision is expected Friday. Aybar, who hit .312 with five homers and 58 RBIs last season and developed into one of baseball's better defensive shortstops, asked for $2.75 million in arbitration, while the Angels countered with $1.8 million.
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September 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND -- Like the Angels, Josh Hamilton has been in season-salvaging mode for the last month or so. The designated hitter gave his team some reason for hope Wednesday when he hit a tying, two-run home run against closer Grant Balfour in the ninth inning and a go-ahead sacrifice fly to left field against nemesis Jerry Blevins in the 11th to lead the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The first four months of 2013 were a nightmare for Hamilton, who on Aug. 7 was hitting .217 with a .271 on-base percentage, .397 slugging percentage, 16 home runs, 51 runs batted in and 113 strikeouts.
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September 10, 2013 | From staff and wire reports
Mark Trumbo didn't just get a hit all five times he stepped to the plate Tuesday night. He circled the bases every time, too. Trumbo matched a team record with four extra-base hits, including back-to-back home runs with Josh Hamilton, and Chris Iannetta and Erick Aybar also went deep as the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 12-6. Trumbo had a career-best five hits and became the first player in Angels history to collect five hits and score five runs in the same game.
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