F. Rodriguez sets saves record



Francisco Rodriguez set the major league record with his 58th save this season, closing out the Los Angeles Angels' 5-2 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners last night. He struck out Raul Ibanez swinging with two on for the final out. Rodriguez immediately fell to his knees and pointed to the sky. Rodriguez two days earlier tied the 1990 mark of 57 set by Bobby Thigpen with the Chicago White Sox. He has blown six save opportunities this year. Thigpen blew eight chances in his record-setting season.

Diamondbacks:: Chad Qualls has replaced struggling Brandon Lyon as closer. Qualls (4-8, 3.11 ERA) has not allowed a run in 17 of his past 18 appearances and has a 1.02 ERA since the All-Star break. Lyon (2-5, 5.23) has an 11.57 ERA since the All-Star break, allowing 21 runs in 16 1/3 innings.


Dodgers:: Los Angeles activated closer Takashi Saito from the 60-day disabled list. Saito had been out since the All-Star break with soreness in his right elbow. He had converted 17 of 20 save opportunities with a 2.18 ERA before going on the DL. Manager Joe Torre said Saito would not be returned to the closer role right away.

Yankees:: New York recalled right-handers Phil Hughes and David Robertson. Hughes was 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in six starts before he was sidelined with a stress fracture in one of his ribs. He had been pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Robertson, who was sent down to Triple-A on Aug. 28, was 3-0 with a 6.31 ERA in 21 games with New York this season.

Cardinals:: Right-hander Chris Carpenter will miss the rest of the season because of continued weakness from a muscle strain in his pitching shoulder. He last pitched in relief at Arizona on Sept. 2. The 2005 Cy Young Award winner finished 0-1 with a 1.76 ERA in four appearances. ... Outfielder Rick Ankiel, who has an abdominal injury, is likely to have surgery soon.

Heels' Barnes remains in critical condition


Allison Barnes (C. Milton Wright), a sophomore freestyle swimmer for North Carolina, remains in critical condition after being hospitalized last week, according to a statement from her parents, Keith and JoEllen. Barnes, 19, swam for the same North Baltimore Aquatic Club program that produced Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff. She was also a cross country star at C. Milton Wright and graduated in 2007. Tar Heels teammates and coaches noticed that Barnes was struggling during practice Tuesday and immediately called 911. She was taken by ambulance to a university hospital. Her parents also said, "Our family continues to covet your prayers for Allison during this journey, and we hope soon to be able to speak to you with encouraging news."

Big Brown barely wins Monmouth by a neck

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown opened a big early lead and then held off a determined challenge by Proudinsky the entire length of the stretch in capturing the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes by a neck in Oceanport, N.J. It was the 3-year-old colt's seventh victory in eight starts. Big Brown covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.41 in returning to the grass for the second time in his career. Big Brown, trained by Hagerstown native Rick Dutrow, paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine. Proudinsky paid $3 and $2.40, while Shakis paid $2.80 for show.

Pistorius takes 200 for second gold in Beijing

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Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius of South Africa won his second gold medal at the Paralympics, while American swimmer Erin Popovich missed a chance to finish with six golds in Beijing. Pistorius won the 200 meters in 21.67 seconds. Popovich, who has won four gold medals in Beijing, was seeking another top finish in the 50-meter butterfly. But China's Huang Min beat Popovich, a little person, by nearly 3.5 seconds, setting a world record in 34.47.

NFL:: Bills Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was activated and can play in Buffalo's game at Jacksonville today.

Golf:: Angela Stanford shot her second straight 5-under-par 67 to take a four-stroke lead after three rounds in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. Stanford is at 12-under 204 overall. Katherine Hull was 8-under after a 68. ... Tom Jenkins (7-under 65) and R.W. Eaks (68) share a four-shot lead at the Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C. ... Washington defeated Baltimore, 111/2- 61/2 , in the 52nd annual Maryland State Golf Association team match at Bethesda Country Club.


Pro basketball:: The Connecticut Sun (21-13) beat visiting Washington, 87-81, as the Mystics (10-24), ended the WNBA regular season with eight straight losses.

Tennis:: Carlos Moya defeated top seed Richard Gasquet, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the final of the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest. He will play Gilles Simon in the ATP event after the second seed beat eighth seed Jose Acasuso, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. ... Tamira Paszek upset top seed Daniela Hantuchova, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, to set up today's final against second seed Patty Schnyder at the WTA Bali Open in Indonesia. Schnyder beat fourth seed Nadia Petrova, 7-5, 6-1, to advance.