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Tony La Russa defends D.C. rally intent

Updated: August 28, 2010, 8:05 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tony La Russa insists he wouldn't put Albert Pujols in the center of a political firestorm as the St. Louis Cardinals visit Washington for a weekend series with the Nationals.

La Russa and Pujols will join former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as honorees for a Saturday event organized by Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck.

The Cardinals manager says his role, as well as Pujols', will be nonpolitical.

"It has absolutely nothing to do with politics," ...

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