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Longoria on baby Elle: "She's beautiful:



Rays 3B Evan Longoria returned to camp on Saturday glowing about the birth of daughter Elle Leona.

"She's beautiful,'' Longoria said. "It was pretty miraculous. ... I've experienced a lot of things in this game, and it was like nothing I've ever experienced.''

Elle - who was delivered nearly six weeks early, weighing 4.1 pounds and measuring 18 inches - remains hospitalized in south Florida, but could be released next week.

Longoria said he "only got to hold her for a quick second" and it was hard leaving her and girlfriend Jaime Edmondson to return to camp.

"Everything was good,'' Longoria said. "There were really no complications. Jaime was fine, she was incredible throughout the delivery.''

Doctors decided to induce labor because Edmondson has "chronic high blood pressure,'' Longoria said, and to go ahead since the baby was past the 34-week mark.

Longoria picked the name (pronounced ELL), joking it was the most nervous he has ever been, after his mother, whose name is Mary Ellen but is known as Ellie. The middle name is after Jaime's grandmother.

Longoria, who left for south Florida Tuesday night, hopes to ramp up his work her and make his exhibition debut Monday. He said he will remain in camp and work visits to see Elle and Jaime around the Rays off-days.

[Last modified: Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:00am]


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