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Baseball Star Alex Rodriguez, Wife Expecting a Baby

10/03/2007 at 05:55 PM EDT

Baseball Star Alex Rodriguez, Wife Expecting a Baby
Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez
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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 32, and his wife, Cynthia, 34, are expecting a baby next spring, they have revealed exclusively to PEOPLE.

"Cynthia and I are overjoyed to announce this addition to our family," says the athlete. “We realize what a special gift children are, and feel very blessed to welcome our second child."

The two-time American League MVP and his wife of nearly five years already have a daughter, Natasha, 2.

"I feel great!" Cynthia says, adding that they don't yet know the sex of the baby, but will find out as soon as they can. "My daughter wants to know more than we do!"

"We're just real excited," she adds. "It's almost more exciting [than the first child] in a way, because you can anticipate what you already know is so amazing. We're thrilled. We can't wait."

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