Luckily for Pujols, and his team, the Angels were playing a series in Kansas City, where Deidre's parents live, so Pujols was able to be with his wife for the birth and then, with little sleep, serve as the designated hitter for the series finale at Kauffman Stadium. The absence of Pujols, the No. 3 batter in the lineup, came at an inopportune time for the Angels, even if it's just for one game. The Angels opened up what's probably a make-or-break nine-game homestand against the Rangers on Tuesday, but Albert Pujols wasn't with them. The plan originally didn't call for Pujols to miss Tuesday's game, which came after the Monday off-day, but as Scioscia said, "Anybody who's ever wanted to get their baby cleared to get out of the hospital, you know sometimes there's things that take some time." Though the Angels are in a down-the-stretch chase for the playoffs, and every game is of utmost importance, manager Mike Scioscia believes "there's no doubt Albert is where he needs to be." "I think our lineup is deep and hopefully on the offensive side, we'll absorb it and we're going to do what we need to do."