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Tony La Russa using his bullpen -- a lot

Manager has called the right shots and has St. Louis one win from the World Series

Updated: October 15, 2011, 5:06 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Once upon a time, there was John McGraw. And Casey Stengel. And even Ozzie Guillen.

Now those were men who knew exactly how to win a World Series -- and it sure wasn't how the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals are trying to win one (or at least reach one).

Yes, it used to be so simple back in the day, back when managers everywhere agreed there was one thing and one thing only that all World Series teams for the rest of time would be built around:

Their starting rotations. ...

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