Tony La Russa has accused the Brew Crew of using a digitized brand of home cookin'.

The St. Louis Cardinals manager filed a formal complaint with the umpire crew accusing the Milwaukee Brewers of foul play.

La Russa thinks the LED "ribbon" board that wraps around Miller Park above the loge level is cranked up a shade brighter when the Brewers hitters are at the plate. The veteran skipper is convinced it was darker when his Cardinals bat, thus making it harder for his guys to see the ball.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports MLB VP of operations Joe Garagiola, Jr. contacted Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who said his team did nothing wrong.

"There's no cheating," Melvin said. "It's all been handled. We didn't change anything."

Milwaukee, losers Tuesday night in extra innings, lead the National League Central by 2 1/2 games thanks to a sterling 40-15 (.727) home record compared to just 21-35 (.375) on the road.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was, as you would expect, skeptical of the accusations. "If we are, I know nothing about it," Roenicke said. "I would think I would be (in the loop)."

The ill-tempered La Russa also became incensed Tuesday night when a Milwaukee reporter accused him of throwing at Brewers star Ryan Braun.

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