RECAP: Angels fall to Giants despite strong outing from C.J. Wilson
MAY 2, 2:03a ET | AP
Rotowire: May 3 / 10:36a ET
News: Aybar will lead off for the fourth straight game Sunday against the Giants, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Impact: Aybar hit atop the order for a brief stretch earlier in the year when Kole Calhoun was dealing with a calf injury, but it appears Mike Scioscia is considering him for the leadoff role long-term, moving Calhoun to the cleanup spot. The movement only helps the prospective fantasy value of Aybar, who will be due to see a few more at-bats as long as he holds onto the job. He'll likely need to improve upon a .258 OBP if this move is going to stick, however.
Rotowire: Apr 14 / 1:43p ET
News: Aybar will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: Kole Calhoun (calf) will miss a third straight start, affording Aybar another opportunity to set the table for the Angels. Aybar went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Sunday in his first start of the year atop the order and is 1-for-10 in his career against Tuesday's starter Nick Martinez. Last season, Aybar hit .279/.301/.426 in 68 at-bats from the leadoff spot.
Rotowire: Mar 27 / 9:31p ET
News: Aybar went 1-for-3 in a Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Impact: Aybar lost the leadoff spot to Kole Calhoun in 2014, but the 31-year-old managed to produce in his new role, as he notched a career high in runs (77) and RBI (68) while hitting primarily in the fifth and sixth spots in the lineup. Owners counting on Aybar to steal 30 bases in 2015 will likely be disappointed, as he hasn't eclipsed 20 since 2012, but he could keep up his run and RBI totals up as a middle-of-the-order bat while keeping his batting average in the .270-.280 range.