LOS ANGELES -- Prominent among Angels hitters who have found their swagger of late is shortstop Erick Aybar, who has batted .333 on the "Four Corners" road tour of both coasts, which is winding down at Dodger Stadium.
Aybar's two-run homer was one of the big blows in Friday night's 8-3 victory, following an RBI double by leadoff man Maicer Izturis in a pivotal third inning. Aybar is an aggressive hitter, at his best when he's using the whole field to take advantage of his blinding speed. The homer was his fourth -- one shy of his career best -- and he owns 30 RBIs.
Asked if Aybar has evolved to a point where he no longer needs to be reminded after a big fly that he's not a power hitter, manager Mike Scioscia grinned. "Yes, he has, but we still do it."
Aybar's total game is evolving. He leads the Angels with 15 steals in 17 attempts and has a .983 fielding percentage, fifth among American League shortstops. He has few peers in range and arm strength.
"Erick is really comfortable right now," Scioscia said. "He's playing terrific baseball."