Aybar has been hot for a while. He has reached base in 30 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the American League. Only the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, with a 34-game streak, and the Cubs' Starlin Castro (31 games) have exceeded Aybar's level of consistency.
Aybar, co-AL Player of the Week with Detroit's Justin Verlander, is batting .434 in 53 at-bats this month. Rebounding from an injury-plagued 2010, Aybar has established career highs in homers (10), doubles (31) and steals (28). His 49 extra-base hits are third among AL shortstops.
In spite of his hot streak, Aybar -- hitting .211 against lefties compared to .313 against right-handers -- was placed eighth in the lineup Monday night against Jays southpaw Rickey Romero.