Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/29/14
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Shortstop Erick Aybar was having a dreadful offensive season -- until interleague showed up. Aybar was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run scored in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-5 win over the Dodgers on Friday night. In 16 games against National League teams, Aybar is batting .406 (26-for-64) with 10 extra-base hits (eight doubles, one triple, one home run) and eight RBI. On the other hand, he is batting just .193 (35-for-181) with seven extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple) and 10 RBI in 52 American League games. "He's a better offensive player than he's shown for probably the first two months of the season," manager Mike Scioscia said of the deep pre-interleague slump in which Aybar was stuck. "We need him to contribute and get some of that action going from down below in the lineup right now as we make that turnaround to the top of the order. "Hitting where he is now, it's important because he's connected with Mike Trout, and obviously we've seen what Mike ha...
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