Leading Off


Angels 9, A's 5

Ervin Santana pitched 6ª scoreless innings for Anaheim.

Rockies 7, Giants 4

Chris Iannetta, a former Nut, had a two-run triple for Colorado.

Quakes 5, Nuts 4

Modesto's loss, Visilia's win means no home-field advantage for Nuts.

Downey invites kids to play under lights

The Downey High School football program is sponsoring "Kids Night under the Lights" at Chuck Hughes Stadium on Sept. 29. All boys and girls from kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to this community event that will include several games played with the Downey High football players from 5-7:30 p.m. All attendees receive a shirt, water bottle and sports bag. The cost is $5. For more information and to register, visit the Downey football Web site at

Martinez returns, reaches 3,000 K's

Pedro Martinez completed his comeback from major shoulder surgery Monday and quickly went into the record books, becoming the 15th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in his career. The New York Mets' right-hander needed only two strikeouts to reach the mark. He fanned Scott Hatteberg on a foul-tipped fastball for 2,999 to open the second inning, then finished it off and reached the mark by getting right-hander Aaron Harang swinging at an 87-mph fastball. Martinez was congratulated by catcher Paul Lo Duca as he headed for the dugout, and fans applauded when the feat was noted on the scoreboard. "There's nothing to expect other than he'll be his old self," manager Willie Randolph said before the game. "I'm like you guys: It's anyone's guess what he'll do."

Broncos sign former Buccaneer star Rice

Nobody's more excited about Denver's signing of free agent sacks specialist Simeon Rice than Broncos safety John Lynch. The two won a Super Bowl together in Tampa Bay in 2002, and both believe this reunion in the Rockies could lead to a second ring. "He's a teammate who I loved playing with and one of the great pass-rushers of all-time. So, we'd be -- anyone would be -- fortunate to get him," Lynch said Monday while the Rice was signing the one-year deal at Broncos headquarters. Rice, whose 121 career sacks rank second to Michael Strahan among active players, was released by Tampa Bay this summer after the Buccaneers signed first-round draft pick Gaines Adams. Lynch said Rice told him he was fine: "He told me his shoulder's feeling good and he feels like he's ready to play."