La Russa leaving Atlanta with Cox's autographs -

La Russa leaving Atlanta with Cox's autographs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Tony La Russa is leaving Atlanta with some souvenirs from his final regular-season matchup with Bobby Cox.

The Cardinals' La Russa is third in career regular-season wins, and the Braves' Cox is fourth.

Cox is retiring after the season. Barring a playoff matchup, Sunday night's game was the last time La Russa managed against Cox.

La Russa said Sunday he asked Cox to sign a lineup card and a baseball. The autographed ball sat on La Russa's desk before the game.

Cox entered 94-66 in regular-season games against La Russa. The rivalry began on May 4, 1982, when Cox's Blue Jays lost to La Russa's White Sox.

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