UPDATE: Velez struck in dugout with liner, taken to hospital

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SUNDAY:  The Giants’ official Twitter feed brings us good news.  Velez never lost consciousness Saturday and his CT scan came back negative.  He spent the night in the hospital, but mostly for precautionary purposes.

SATURDAY, 10:42 PM:  Scary scene tonight at Arizona’s Chase Field.

Giants utilityman Eugenio Velez had to be carried out of the stadium on a stretcher after being struck in the dugout by a Pat Burrell foul ball.  It appeared to hit him in the head, but the Giants have not confirmed where exactly he has struck.  What we do know is that it looked ugly, and that the 28-year-old Velez laid on the ground for over a minute while his concerned teammates gathered around.

Velez was taken to a local hospital and most likely suffered a concussion, if not something worse.  He has hit .196/.275/.370 this season with two home runs, eight RBI and seven runs scored in 46 at-bats.

If there is an ALCS Game 7, Ric Flair will call out “Play Ball!”

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I don’t really care who wins the ALCS, but part of me wants to see it go seven games now. Why? Because if the Astros win tonight and force a Game 7, the series will be visited by a Rolex-wearin,’ kiss-stealin,’ wheelin-dealin,’¬†limousine ridin,’ jet flyin,’ son of a gun, jack! From the Chronicle:

The Astros-Yankees American League Championship Series gets to a Game 7, the Astros will have pro wrestling superstar Ric Flair call out “Play Ball!” before the game in a video message. Astros right fielder Josh Reddick is a huge wrestling fan and uses Flair’s entrance music every time he steps to the plate at Minute Maid Park. Fans also have adopted the wrestler’s “Woo!” yell throughout the season.

That’s pretty cool. It’d be even cooler if it ended with a Dusty Finish.