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Gonzalez leaves park, attends daughter's birth

Gonzalez leaves park, attends daughter's birth

Gonzalez leaves park, attends daughter's birth

DETROIT-- Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez left the team prior to Monday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers in Detroit to catch a flight to Southern California for the birth of his daughter with wife Lucia.

Leah Gonzalez, born Monday night, is the couple's first child.

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Gonzalez, who picked up the win in the Orioles' 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, is expected to be placed on paternity leave, although that hasn't officially happened yet -- and manager Buck Showalter said following Monday's game that it's not definite.

The right-hander could theoretically not miss a start, particularly with Thursday's off-day, but the Orioles would still be afforded the luxury of having an extra player anywhere from 1-3 days if Gonzalez is on paternity leave.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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