Jansen celebrates birth of first child

Jansen celebrates birth of first child

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kenley Jansen was temporarily sidetracked from his World Baseball Classic routine a couple of days ago but for good reason: he became a father for the first time.

Jansen was in San Francisco with his Dutch teammates but received a call Saturday morning that the birth of his first child was pending. He flew to Los Angeles and made it in time to see the delivery of his daughter, Natalia.

"It's awesome," said Jansen, a reliever with the Dodgers. "Great feeling."

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