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Angels hope Erick Aybar can jump-start offense from leadoff spot
Angels hope Erick Aybar can jump-start offense from leadoff spot

If the Angels are to snap out of their season-long offensive slump, they’ll need Erick Aybar to provide a spark at the top of the order, a spot the switch-hitting shortstop was moved to Monday and one he could hold for a while. Aybar, an aggressive hitter with a slashing swing, has a .275 career average, .314 on-base percentage and .381 slugging percentage in 245 starts in the leadoff spot, numbers that are on par with his career slash line of .277/.318/.382. But his first lengthy stint as a leadoff man, in 2010, did not go well. Aybar was tabbed to replace Chone Figgins, who hit .298 with a .395 OBP and an American League-leading 101 walks in 2009 before signing with the Seattle...

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