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Huston Street is there for his son's birth, and then there for Angels

Huston Street is there for his son's birth, and then there for Angels
Angels closer Huston Street nearly had to start a game in the hospital and finish it on the mound due to the birth of his child. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

What Huston Street called "one of the best days of my life" might have been even better — and more bizarre — had he actually pitched against Cleveland a few hours after his third son, Rafe William, was born on Wednesday.

Street's wife, Lacey, went into labor about 1 a.m. Wednesday, after the Angels lost a 12-inning game to the Indians on Tuesday night, and Street stayed up most of the night with her at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.

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Rafe was born at 11 a.m., and Street watched the first four innings of the Angels-Indians game, which started at 12:30 p.m., from the hospital. With the blessing of his wife, Street left for Angel Stadium and was warming up in the eighth.

The Angels trailed, 3-1, at the time, so Street didn't enter in the ninth. The Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 win, but had the game gone extra innings, Street would have pitched the 10th.

So, what was it like watching the beginning of a game on a hospital television knowing he might pitch in the same game?

"It was pretty surreal," Street said. "The staff at the hospital, some people knew who I was, some didn't. It was like, 'So wait, wait, why are you leaving?' As long as I had clearance from Mom, I was fine. I didn't leave until they got her into a room, the baby was situated, and they did all the tests.

"As soon as she got settled, she said go. When we tied it up, I thought I was in the game, but I was very thankful we walked off. Adrenaline carries you so far. I would have been working on an hour's sleep."

Weaver return

Jered Weaver, out since June 21 because of left hip inflammation, threw in the bullpen Friday, and Manager Mike Scioscia said there is "definitely a chance" the right-hander will start against the Orioles on Sunday.

"If he threw a good bullpen, if he feels he's where he needs to be, then he'll start Sunday," Scioscia said. "We'll know by [Saturday] exactly where we're going."

Weaver made two rehabilitation starts for Class-A Inland Empire, and Scioscia said Weaver's stuff Tuesday night was more in line with the way he threw in May, when he went 4-0 with a 1.98 earned-run average in five starts. Weaver was 0-4 with a 6.58 ERA in his next four starts before going on the disabled list.

Freese frame

Third baseman David Freese, out since July 23 because of a broken right index finger, hit soft toss for the second time Friday and hopes to progress to batting practice Sunday or Monday.

But throwing, Freese said, "is still the issue. I'm still working through that." Freese, who hoped to return within three weeks, said he doesn't know if he'll join the Angels on next week's trip to Chicago and Kansas City, but Scioscia said it's possible Freese could be activated toward the end of the trip.

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