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Lesson from old pal helps Aybar find groove

Lesson from old pal helps Aybar find groove

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Lesson from old pal helps Aybar find groove
SEATTLE -- Every now and then, especially when he's struggling, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar thinks about lessons he learned from his mentor, Vladimir Guerrero.

"Vlad never changed his attitude," Aybar said. "I always watched him. It didn't matter what kind of game he had -- he was the same guy. Sometimes you go through bad games, but you have to stay the same person.

"I was having a hard time [offensively] last month, but I didn't take it on the field [defensively]. That's part of staying the same. You have to stay confident and know it's going to come. What you have to do is think about the team, not yourself. Do whatever you can to help the team win and don't worry about how you're hitting."

Aybar took a 10-game hitting streak into Wednesday night's assignment against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. Back in the leadoff spot after hitting down in the order, Aybar has eight RBIs during the streak.

"Before, I was trying to do too much," he said. "Now I'm more relaxed. I'm seeing the ball better -- and not swinging at everything."

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