Pedroia back in lineup, says wife went into labor

Dustin Pedroia provided an update today on the status of his pregnant wife Kelli, whom he said went into labor yesterday (she is seven weeks from her due date) and was hospitalized. Doctors were able to stop the labor and stabilize her. She is currently resting at the hospital.

“She’s a lot tougher than I am,” said Pedroia, who missed last night’s game to be with his wife but is in tonight’s lineup.

Pedroia said this afternoon that he got a call from general manager Theo Epstein last night and received text messages from teammates sending their thoughts.

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He also said that his wife told him to play tonight and not to worry about her, though the Red Sox second baseman acknowledged he has been calling her every five minutes.

“Obviously I’m thinking about it,” Pedroia said.

Here are tonight’s lineups from Fenway Park, where it’s currently pouring buckets …

Red Sox
1. J.D. Drew, RF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
8. Nick Green, SS
9. Aaron Bates, 1B
SP — Josh Beckett, RHP

Athletics
1. Adam Kennedy, 3B
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Scott Hairston, CF
4. Matt Holliday, LF
5. Jason Giambi, 1B
6. Kurt Suzuki, C
7. Jack Cust, DH
8. Ryan Sweeney RF
9. Mark Ellis, 2B
SP — Dana Eveland, LHP