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02/18/08 5:32 AM ET

Lasorda to manage Dodgers again

Will manage eight exhibition games while Torre's in China

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda will manage the Dodgers again.

Lasorda, 80, will take over the split squad left behind in Florida when new manager Joe Torre takes another squad to China for a goodwill series in Beijing against the Padres on March 14-15.

A team official confirmed that Lasorda will manage eight exhibition games beginning with a March 11 game against Florida at Holman Stadium. Lasorda's squad is expected to include regulars Jeff Kent, Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre, Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, James Loney and all of the starting rotation.

Lasorda, special advisor to chairman Frank McCourt, managed the Dodgers for 20 seasons, taking over from Walt Alston the last week of the 1976 season and stepping down midway through the 1996 season for health reasons.

His Dodgers clubs won two world championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles. He was inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame 11 years ago.

Lasorda's last managing role came in 2000, when he took an underdog United States Olympic Team to a gold medal win at the Summer Games in Sydney.

Ken Gurnickis a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.