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Wieters likely to welcome first child Thursday

Wieters likely to welcome first child Thursday

Wieters likely to welcome first child Thursday
BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and his wife, Maria, are expecting their first child any day now, and manager Buck Showalter said the tentative plan is for her labor to be induced during Thursday's off-day.

"He's probably getting tired of me asking him, but I talked to him on the plane last night to let him know which game in a perfect world would fit better for us," Showalter said of Wieters, who has seen an increased workload as the regular season winds down with the O's in a pennant race.

"Obviously we are going to work around he and his wife and the pending baby. But he told me, so far so good. You got to be careful [with] the terminology, but Thursday looks like a day to move it forward. ... That would be the best for them and us."

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Wieters entered Monday's doubleheader hitting .252 with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs in 136 games. In 19 September games, he has hit .333 with five homers and 17 RBIs.

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