Aaron Hill hits for cycle in win over Mariners

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Aaron Hill hit for the cycle tonight in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners.

Hill singled in the first inning, tripled in the third, doubled in the fifth and socked a solo home run in the seventh to complete the feat. He’s the second player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Mets’ outfielder Scott Hairston.

It was the fifth cycle in Diamondbacks’ history and the first since Kelly Johnson on July 23, 2010. Of course, Hill and Johnson were traded for each other last August.

On the strength of his 4-for-4 night at the plate, Hill is now hitting .284/.352/.475 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, six stolen bases and an .827 OPS through 64 games this season.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.