Twins sign veteran SS Erick Aybar to minor league contract
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed 12-year veteran shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Twins have agreed to sign veteran infielder Erick Aybar to minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Aybar, 34, will compete for a utility spot on the roster.
Aybar, Pirela homer off Wood in Padres’ 6-4 win vs Dodgers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres won't reach the postseason this year, and maybe not for the next few years.
They're got this, though — three straight September wins against the runaway NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who continue to have the best record in the majors but have lost eight of nine in their worst stretch of the year.
Aybar, Pirela homer off Wood in Padres’ 6-4 win vs Dodgers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Erick Aybar hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and Jose Pirela also went deep off Alex Wood for the San Diego Padres, who won 6-4 Sunday to hand the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers their eighth loss in nine games.
Padres rough up Darvish, beat LA 7-2 to sweep doubleheader
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A long day of baseball ended with the San Diego Padres roughing up Yu Darvish and sweeping a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Carlos Asuaje homered and Erick Aybar had three singles off Darvish, who failed to get an out in the fourth inning as the Padres won Saturday's nightcap 7-2 against the runaway NL West leaders.
Padres beat Braves 7-4 as Colon struggles again
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo is making up for the odd beginning to his season.
Perdomo pitched five scoreless innings and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg contributed two RBIs apiece to help the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Wednesday night.
San Diego's Carlos Asuaje and Erick Aybar had three hits each.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are having fun despite a losing record. Comeback wins like the one against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night are a big reason for the positive vibes.
Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, powering the Padres to a 7-3 victory Saturday night and sending the Tigers to their eighth consecutive loss.
Chants of "Sweep! Sweep!" were easily heard outside the Padres' closed clubhouse after the game.
Padres beat Cubs 3-2 on Torrens’ bases-loaded walk
CHICAGO (AP) — A dash of power, followed by patience at the plate, paid off for the San Diego Padres.
Erick Aybar hit a tying home run in the sixth inning, Luis Torrens walked with the bases loaded against Koji Uehara in the eighth and the Padres stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO — Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer with no outs in the 10th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
Renfroe’s homer to left, his seventh, came off Oliver Drake (2-1) with Erick Aybar aboard on a leadoff single.
The Brewers took a 5-4 lead in the top of the inning on Eric Sogard’s homer with one out against Jose Torres (2-2).
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Hunter Renfroe gave the San Diego Padres a huge boost a day after they took an embarrassing loss.
Renfroe hit a two-run homer with no outs in the 10th inning to lift the Padres to a 6-5 win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Hanigan made a big impression in his first game with the Rockies.
The veteran catcher was summoned Wednesday and led Colorado on Thursday with an RBI infield single in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.
"What a game he had coming in from our Triple-A (Albuquerque) team and contributing with a veteran game behind the plate with a rookie pitcher and multiple relief pitchers that he hasn't caught," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "That is not easy."
Twins swept by Twins, raising losses to 98
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota Twins' season that appears headed toward 100 losses has seen plenty of its down moments and being swept at home by the Detroit in the season series is among the top disappointments.
Justin Verlander (15-8) tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts, while Minnesota struck out 17 times in a 4-2 loss in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader as the Tigers moved into the second AL wild-card spot.
Verlander, Tigers sweep Twins, move into AL wild-card spot
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Playing against the woeful Twins boosted the Detroit Tigers' playoff chances this season.
Justin Verlander tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts and Detroit moved into the second AL wild-card spot by beating Minnesota 4-2 Thursday to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Erick Aybar drove in two runs for the Tigers, who moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore for the second wild card and trail Toronto by one game. Detroit went 9-0 at Minnesota this year.
Tigers activate Iglesias, designate Presley for assignment
DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers activated shortstop Jose Iglesias from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game.
Iglesias has not played since Aug. 12 due to a left hamstring strain. To make room on the 25-man roster for Iglesias, the Tigers designated the contract of outfielder Alex Presley for assignment.
Upton and Verlander lead Tigers to 5th straight win
DETROIT (AP) — Most big-league managers would have still held on to a sliver of hope as Friday night's game between the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers came down to its last few moments.
Yes, Nick Buss had just hit what looked like a game-ending double play ball, but Andrelton Simmons was crashing into Detroit shortstop Erick Aybar as he prepared to make the relay to first. If Simmons' clean slide could break up the double play, the Angels would still be alive.
The Tigers got swept by the Royals. That means they'll sweep the Red Sox, right?
The opener of the four-game Detroit-Boston series gets underway Thursday at 1:10 p.m. at Comerica Park.
The Royals completed their three-game sweep of the Tigers Wednesday night. Anibal Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but that's when things unraveled, Chris McCosky reports.
Braves trade Aybar to Tigers, clearing path for Swanson
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves shortstop Erick Aybar has been traded to the Detroit Tigers, clearing a path for Alanta to call up top prospect Dansby Swanson.
Swanson, the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2015, will be in the lineup at shortstop on Wednesday against Minnesota in his major league debut.
Murphy’s 4 RBIs leads Nationals past Braves 7-6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Production from the top of the order and rookie pitcher Reynaldo Lopez fueled an early lead for the Washington Nationals. Then a relay throw saved the day for the NL contenders.
Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, Lopez pitched seven innings for his first major league win and the Washington Nationals held off the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Saturday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Playing the last-place Atlanta Braves seemed to be the perfect time for the St. Louis Cardinals to finally assert some home-field advantage.
Instead, with ace Adam Wainwright pitching, they were only handed more heartache.
Mike Foltynewicz worked six strong innings, Nick Markakis and Erick Aybar had two RBIs apiece and the Braves kept the Cardinals down at home with a 6-3 victory on Sunday.
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Foltynewicz leads way, Braves top Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz worked six strong innings, Nick Markakis and Erick Aybar had two RBIs apiece and the Atlanta Braves kept the St. Louis Cardinals down at home with a 6-3 victory on Sunday.
Matt Kemp added two hits and an RBI to help the Braves take two of three, outscoring the Cardinals 19-8 the last two games. Atlanta has the worst record in the majors at 41-70, but has won seven of its last 11 overall.