La Russa enjoying his encore performance

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One more lineup card for Tony La Russa to fill out. One more chance to put on the uniform.

One more time is enough, too.

The man who went out on top last fall after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an improbable World Series championship, and now is getting a unique encore, swears he doesn’t miss managing. He insists it’s a lot more fun watching the game from the stands or on TV, where he can do all the second-guessing instead of answering questions about why he yanked his starter in the sixth inning for a pinch-hitter who grounded into a double play.

That doesn’t mean the 67-year-old La Russa isn’t taking his job as NL manager of at the All-Star game seriously.

La Russa always plays to win, no matter the stakes.