BOSTON -- It all happened quickly for Dustin Pedroia, his Wednesday night exit from not only the game, but also Fenway Park.
Boston's sparkplug hit a single to right with two outs in the sixth. Then James Loney lined out.
Pedroia was getting ready to take his position at second base for the seventh when manager Bobby Valentine gave him the news: his wife, Kelli, was in labor at a nearby hospital.
To Pedroia, this was a far better outcome than what could have happened a week ago, when the Red Sox were on the West Coast.
"I just got the word that it was time," Valentine said. "I told him, I said, 'What do you want to do?' Actually I told him to leave. I didn't ask him what he wanted to do. I said 'It's time.'"
The Pedroias were expecting their second child. Their son, Dylan, was born in 2009.
Pedroia went 2-for-3 on Wednesday and is hitting .295 on the season.