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La Russa fumes over Milwaukee fans' insults

MILWAUKEE — Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said a fan told him he hoped he would get shingles again and others took insults too far in St. Louis' 8-7, 11-inning victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

La Russa appeared to briefly engage in some banter after the game then called the fans "idiots" in comments after a game in which Albert Pujols was hit with a high pitch in the seventh inning. Brewers star Ryan Braun was plunked in Milwaukee's next at-bat.

"It's going way too far when they start cursing your family and the funniest one, the guy's yelling, 'I hope you get shingles again,' " La Russa said Wednesday. "That's just stupid. But when you watch and you ignore our guy get drilled when the other guy gets a little stinger, it's irritating."

La Russa said that Brewers officials removed several fans near St. Louis' dugout during the game. The 66-year-old Tampa native battled shingles for nearly two months this season, missing six games because of the condition.

The game turned tense in the seventh.

Pujols was hit on the left hand near the wrist he broke earlier this season. X-rays after the game were negative, and Pujols was in the starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale. Braun was then plunked by Jason Motte in the bottom half, drawing the ire of most of the crowd of 39,393.

"You don't want to get into a beanball war," Braun said. "That's never fun."

La Russa called the pitch that hit Pujols "scary" but not intentional and said the Cardinals were trying to send a message to Braun by pitching him tight.

"That's what all these idiots up there — not idiots, fans are yelling," La Russa said. "I don't want to even hear about Braun getting a little pop in the back when we almost lose (Pujols) in several ways."

3 HURT IN CRASH: Two pitchers and a staff member of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Phillies short-season Class A team, suffered minor injuries when their bus was involved in an accident on a highway overpass in New York City late Tuesday. The bus collided with an SUV and mounted a guardrail.

STRASBURG'S COMEBACK: Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg is expected to pitch Sunday at Class A Hagerstown, a significant step in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery in September.

STAIRS RETIRES: OF Matt Stairs, 43, released this week by the Nationals, plans to retire after a 19-year career in which he played for a record 13 teams.

MARLINS: SS Hanley Ramirez has a sprained left shoulder and will likely miss a couple of games.

ORIOLES: Former Rays LHP Mark Hendrickson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, opening a roster spot for LHP Jo-Jo Reyes.

PADRES: RHP Dustin Moseley will have season-ending surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder suffered while swinging a bat.

PHILLIES: RHP Roy Oswalt, out since June 23 with a bulging disc in his back, is expected to be activated for Sunday's game against the Giants.

PIRATES: C Ryan Doumit, out since May 5 with a sprained left ankle, was activated from the 15-day DL. C Eric Fryer was optioned to Triple A.

REDS: 3B Scott Rolen, on the disabled list since July 22, had surgery to remove bone spur fragments in his left shoulder and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

ROCKIES: RF Carlos Gonzalez, on the 15-day DL since July 22 with a right wrist strain, headed to Triple-A Colorado Springs for a rehabilitation assignment.

WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko hopes to return to the lineup today after being sidelined by a bruised left calf.

YANKEES: RHP Mark Prior has a bruised left forearm after being hit by a ball during batting practice. The 30-year-old has pitched once since April 18 because of a strained groin and back soreness.

La Russa fumes over Milwaukee fans' insults 08/03/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:35pm]
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