Pujols skips Angels game after daughter's birth

Pujols skips Angels game after daughter's birth

Credit: Harry How/Getty Images

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his homerun to become the first player to hit at least 30 homeruns in each of his first 12 seasons during the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 12, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Albert Pujols is not in the Los Angeles Angels' starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Texas Rangers.

Pujols is with his wife, Deidre, who delivered the couple's fifth child Sunday in Kansas City.

Pujols played in Kansas City against the Royals after his daughter's birth Sunday, but didn't return to California with the team.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia says the $240 million slugger "is where he has to be."

Still, the Angels could use Pujols' bat during their desperate chase of a playoff berth. Los Angeles began Tuesday three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card slot with 15 games to go.

Pujols is batting .282 with 30 homers and a team-leading 96 RBIs in his first season with the Angels.

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