Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 9/18/12
Angels slugger Albert Pujols is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday nights game in Anaheim against the Texas Rangers because he remained in the Midwest to be with his wife, Deidre, who delivered the couples fifth child in a Kansas City-area hospital early Sunday morning. Pujols, who is hitting .282 with 30 home runs and a team-leading 96 runs batted in, played in Sundays game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium despite being up all night with Deidre, who delivered a daughter, Esther Grace, at 3:30 a.m. The first baseman doubled once in four at-bats in the Angels 4-3 win. Pujols did not accompany the team on Sunday nights charter flight back to Southern California, and the Angels were off on Monday. It was not known Tuesday whether Pujols was in the Kansas City area, where his wife is from, or St. Louis, where the couple lives. Pujols loss leaves a significant hole in the middle of the lineup as the Angels, who are fighting for a playoff spot, open a big series against the American League West-leading Rangers in Anaheim. The Angels are 7 12 games behind Texas in the division and three games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the AL's second wild-card spot with 15 games remaining. Pujols is expected to return in time for Wednesday nights game against the Rangers. -Mike DiGiovanna
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