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Controlled aggressiveness

Can Erick Aybar adapt to the Angels' leadoff expectations?

Updated: March 23, 2010, 9:01 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- You don't escape poverty in the Dominican Republic and barge into the major leagues at the age of 22 -- particularly when you are 5-foot-7 and weigh 170 pounds -- by sitting back and waiting for things to happen.

Erick Aybar does everything with the aggressiveness of a middleweight prize fighter. His toughness -- he once took a 96 mph fastball off the face in a winter league game and played three days later -- is among the traits that endeared Aybar to his bosses.

So, ...

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