B.J. Upton returns from collision, plays in minors game

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B.J. Upton returned to game action six days after being carted off the field following an ugly outfield collision with Desmond Jennings, going 0-for-2 with a walk in a minor-league game today.

Upton reported no problems and is expected to play in a major-league game tomorrow against the Yankees, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

Jennings, who was also carted off the field following the collision, played Sunday against the Red Sox and went 2-for-4.

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.