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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cardinals manager La Russa fined for umpire criticism And Arizona Cardinals' drafting of Levi Brown still hot topic

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was fined by Major League Baseball for criticizing an umpire during his team's divisional series playoff game on Sunday, the manager said.

La Russa commented during a televised interview that home-plate umpire Jerry Meals had "two different strike zones" for the two starting pitchers from St. Louis and Philadelphia."I have no disagreement at all," La Russa told his team's website (, of the undisclosed fine."As soon as MLB called, my response was, 'Whatever is imposed, you'll get no argument.'"If I get a chance, I will apologize to Jerry. We were competing, and I got upset and crossed the line."The Cardinals rallied to beat the Phillies on Sunday before losing 3-2 on Tuesday, and now trail Philadelphia in the best-of-five series 2-1.

The Cardinals play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, triggering a clause in the new collective-bargaining agreement that requires a look back at the top of the 2007 draft.

Or maybe it just seems that way, because the Cardinals took offensive tackle Levi Brown with the fifth overall pick and the Vikings selected running back Adrian Peterson with the seventh.Answering questions about that draft has been an annual ritual for Brown and the Cardinals, mostly because this will be the fourth consecutive year in which the teams have played.

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