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Garciaparra, Hamm become parents of twin girls

LOS ANGELES -- Former soccer star Mia Hamm, wife of
Los Angeles Dodgers
first baseman Nomar Garciaparra, has delivered twin girls.

"Both are healthy and over 5 pounds," Dodgers spokesman Josh
Rawitch said, adding the births took place late Tuesday in the Los
Angeles area.

Rawitch said Garciaparra flew from Florida to witness the
births, but was in the air when the babies were born.

"He was on a speaker phone with the delivery room speaking with
Mia during the births," Rawitch said.

Garciaparra went straight to the hospital upon arriving in Los
Angeles to be with his wife.

Rawitch said he didn't know when Garciaparra would rejoin the
Dodgers, who open the three-game Freeway Series against the Los
Angeles Angels on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. The team flies
to Milwaukee on Sunday for Monday's season-opener against the
Brewers.

"We expect to see him sometime this weekend," Rawitch said.

Garciaparra, who won two AL batting championships while playing
for the Boston Red Sox, joined the Dodgers last season and was the
NL comeback player of the year. He signed with the Dodgers after
playing 1½ seasons for the Chicago Cubs.

Hamm led the U.S. women's team to two World Cup titles and two
Olympic gold medals. She was a near-unanimous selection to the
National Soccer Hall of Fame last month.