Notes: Double the love for Millar

Notes: Double the love for Millar

BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar walked into the clubhouse Wednesday morning with bags under his eyes, yet a seemingly permanent smile on his face. Upon his entrance to work, Millar had been a father for a couple of hours.

Following Tuesday's loss to the Orioles, Millar went home, got about three hours of sleep and then took his wife Jeana to the hospital, where she delivered twins at approximately 8:40 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Millar wouldn't have started Wednesday's game against the Orioles, even if there wasn't a rainout. And that was a good thing. Aside from his sleep deprivation, his mind was racing with excitement over the birth of his son and daughter.

While the Red Sox traveled to Texas late Wednesday afternoon, Millar stayed back with his wife and will join the Red Sox on Thursday evening. The series with the Rangers opens on Friday night.

"The boy's name is Kashten Charles; the girl's name, we still don't have a name, I think it's going to be Kylie," said Millar. "The babies are healthy. The boy was six pounds, two ounces. The girl was four pounds, 11 ounces. It went as good as it goes. I didn't look as much as I should have probably. It's the one thing I regret. I should have looked a little more, but I was scared to."

The lack of sleep hadn't taken much away from Millar's wit.

"Maybe we'll hit a home run for the kid. We're on pace for one," said Millar, poking fun at himself for not going deep yet this season.

Boomer's timetable: The Red Sox did not estimate a timetable for the return of left-hander David Wells, who put on the disabled with a sprained right foot on Tuesday.

However, general manager Theo Epstein shed some more light on what lies ahead for Boomer.

"He'll have essentially three weeks of immobilization. Our doctors are confident that with the type of injury he has, it usually heals during that time period," Epstein said. "How long it will take him to get back up on the mound will be determined by how his foot feels and how he's able to keep his arm in shape. He's usually a pretty quick healer. He threw six or seven shutout innings against us here last year after three weeks on the DL without a single rehab start. We'll see how he feels. At the very least, he's going to be immobile for three weeks."

Standing by Foulke: When Epstein signed closer Keith Foulke in December 2003, he said that the right-hander was not just a top-notch closer, but one of the elite pitchers in baseball. With Foulke struggling mightily, Epstein wasn't about to lose confidence in the durable right-hander.

"I think he'll be fine in the long term," Epstein said. "I think we need to stick by him. He's obviously not at his best right now. We have all the faith in the world that he'll work it out."

Sox manager Terry Francona acknowledged that Foulke's light workload hasn't helped.

"I think with past history, we do use him frequently," Francona said. "The last three days in Tampa Bay, some crazy things happened. He'll pitch a lot. He's better when he pitches. We know that. Sometimes these games are a little more difficult. Things change during the course of a game. I have a feeling by the time the year is out, Foulkie will not be complaining about not being used."

On deck: Following Wednesday's rainout and Thursday's scheduled off-day, the Sox will open up a three-game series at Texas on Friday night. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (2-0, 1.75 ERA) will be opposed by Chan Ho Park (2-1, 4.24 ERA).

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.