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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Vitale struck by ball in third-base seats

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- College basketball analyst Dick Vitale got some unwanted attention at the Tampa Bay Rays' game.

Vitale, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, was sitting in his normal seat near the third base dugout, when he was struck by a foul ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays leadoff hitter Fred Lewis in the first inning of Thursday night's game.

Lewis sliced a liner that appeared to hit Vitale in the stomach area. Other than rubbing his stomach and side, Vitale seemed fine, remained in his seat and was talking with other fans sitting near him.