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Tony La Russa argues, and wins

Manager complains about strike on mound -- and on TV -- and Cardinals respond

Originally Published: October 2, 2011
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- It was the second inning and Chris Carpenter already had his pitch count around 50 and had given up four runs. And now Ryan Howard was coming to the plate. Carpenter was pitching on three days' rest for the first time in his career and with the St. Louis Cardinals looking at a possible 0-2 hole in this series, a life raft was needed. That's when Tony La Russa paid his ace a visit, and the whole game changed.

"Whatever he said, it worked," said one Cardinals player.

Indeed ...

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