Pena relieved sister OK after Boston tragedy

OAKLAND -- Carlos Pena had a few anxious moments to deal with before Monday's game with the Oakland Athletics.

His sister was in Boston for the marathon and it took the Pena family a while to connect with her after hearing of explosions near the finish line.

"We were worried about her because we could not get in touch with her," Pena said. "I was a little anxious. We finally connected and she's OK. It's very unfortunate."

Pena attended Northeastern and spent his teenage years at Haverhill High School in Massachusetts. Pena's family, originally from the Dominican Republic, moved to the U.S. when he was 12.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.