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Tony LaRussa sues Twitter over dirty bird impostor LaRussa

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No, Tony LaRussa did not tweet you.

St. Louis Cardinals manager and wine enthusiast Tony LaRussa is cardinal-red in the face, but it's not another key loss to the Cubs that has him mad.

Fanhouse reports that the skipper, who is also lawyer, is suing Twitter on trademark infringement and "dilution, cybersquatting, and misappropriation of name and likeness."

The fake Twitter account, @TonyLarussa, has since been taken down, so we can't get a look at the impostor genius that was being extolled there. Sadly, that leaves us with the real thing in the meantime.

The lawsuit includes a screen shot of three tweets. One posted on April 19 said: "Lost 2 out of 3, but we made it out of Chicago without one drunk driving incident or dead pitcher."

Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died of a heart condition in his Chicago hotel room in 2002. Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock died in a 2007 auto accident, and the medical examiner measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.157 -- nearly twice the legal limit.

One month earlier, La Russa was found sleeping behind the wheel of a running sport utility vehicle in spring training with a blood-alcohol level of 0.093 percent. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

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