Salty's wife gives birth; 'Tek in lineup

April, 12, 2011
BOSTON -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and his wife, Ashley, became parents for the third time Tuesday morning. Ashley delivered an 8-pound, 4-ounce, 20-inch daughter at 6:23 a.m. The new baby does not have a name yet, and Saltalamacchia was seeking suggestions as he met the media in the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon.

“We have two days for a name,” said Saltalamacchia, whose other children are daughters Sidney and Hunter. “Any hints? Thursday we’re allowed to go home and we need to have a name when we go home.”

Saltalamacchia, who admitted he hadn’t slept at all last night, was out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays' ace lefthander David Price. Switch-hitter Jason Varitek, who hits lefthanders better than righties, was given the start, though manager Terry Francona said that was a decision that had been made a day or so in advance, so Saltalamacchia knew he wouldn’t start the game.

Saltalamacchia is batting a dreadful .154 (4 for 26) in his first nine games.

Francona made a few alterations to his lineup Tuesday night. With Price on the mound for the Rays, he wanted as many right-handed hitters as possible in the lineup. So designated hitter David Ortiz and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the bench to start. Mike Cameron replaced Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis was shifted from third base to DH, with Jed Lowrie starting at third and batting fifth.



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