LOS ANGELES (AP) Former soccer star Mia Hamm, wife of 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 11/2 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.


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