Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli leaves team for birth of child

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Twins manager Rocco Baldelli left Sunday's 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays after the top of the 8th inning to return to Minnesota for the birth of his child.

"All in all, good day,'' said coach Bill Evers, who took over for Baldelli. "Roc can have a nice flight home. Put a smile on his face and everybody's happy.''

Baldelli planned to leave to prepare for his flight about three hours after first pitch. He may miss the Twins' four-game series that starts Monday night at Cleveland.

"It's a big day," Baldelli said before the game. "There's nothing better than this and I'm incredibly excited."

Evers is retiring after the season after 46 years in professional baseball.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.