Lasorda returns to Dodgers' bench on 84th birthday

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tom Lasorda sat down on the dugout bench in his No. 2 white jersey as the media closed in on him for a pregame chat. His piercing blue eyes were clear and he spoke with the same strident tone.

Yet there were signs that 15 years had indeed passed since he managed the Los Angeles Dodgers. The uniform fit a lot more snugly and his hair had turned pure white.

The Hall of Famer was back on the bench Thursday night as an honorary coach under rookie manager Don Mattingly in a game against the San Francisco Giants, a gesture extended by the team on Lasorda's 84th birthday.