{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Pedroia out vs. Yanks to be with wife, newborn son

Pedroia out vs. Yanks to be with wife, newborn son

|
Pedroia out vs. Yanks to be with wife, newborn son
BOSTON -- The Red Sox played without second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Thursday night against the Yankees, but for good reason.

Pedroia's wife, Kelly, delivered the couple's second son.

When Kelly Pedroia went into labor on Wednesday, Pedroia left Fenway Park after the sixth inning.

Prior to Thursday's game, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine wasn't sure if Pedroia would fly with the team to Toronto for a three-game weekend series.

"The only thing I can tell you about Dustin is that we've heard that everybody is doing fine, and that's really good news," Valentine said.

In past generations, it wasn't accepted for players to leave their team for the birth of a child. But it has now become commonplace, something Valentine appreciates.

"It's a change, and I think the family is the No. 1 importance in everyone's life," Valentine said.

Pedroia has been on fire for the Red Sox since Aug. 5, batting .381. In that span, he's raised his average from .262 to .295.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español