Martinez joins Mets rotation, will start Monday

ATLANTA -- New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez, recovering from rotator cuff surgery, will make his first start of the season on Monday at Cincinnati.

Martinez did a great job throwing 53 pitches in a Friday night bullpen session making the Mets' decision to activate him easy. The three-time Cy Young winner underwent surgery last Oct. 5.

Randolph said Martinez threw "crisp, nice and free" and said the throws appeared to be "effortless coming out of his hand."

Martinez hasn't pitched for New York this season but has made four rehab starts, including Monday night when he gave up an unearned run and five hits in six innings for the St. Lucie Mets against the Palm Beach Cardinals in a Class A Florida State League game.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Dallas quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson was suspended for five games by the NFL on Saturday for buying and using performance-enhancing substances.

Wilson, a 48-year-old former NFL quarterback, also was fined $100,000. He said he took the drugs to try to "improve the quality of my life" after living with diabetes for more than 20 years. He acknowledged he acted without "proper medical supervision."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wilson would return to his job after his suspension ends Oct. 9.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars released oft-injured quarterback Byron Leftwich, one day after announcing they planned to part ways with the former first-round draft pick.

The Jaguars had hoped to trade Leftwich, but also said they were prepared to release him in hopes of avoiding any locker room problems stemming from his demotion.

The team also released 18 others, including receiver Charles Sharon, defensive tackle Seth Payne and cornerbacks Bruce Thornton and Dee Webb.

The Jags also traded running back Alvin Pearman to Seattle for an undisclosed draft pick and placed defensive end James Wyche (groin) and receiver Mike Walker (knee) on injured reserve.

• The Kansas City Chiefs placed former Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes on the reserve/non-football injury list on Saturday, guaranteeing that his absence from the game will stretch to almost two years.

After their first six games, the Chiefs will have a three-week window to activate the franchise career rushing leader.

• AUTO RACING -- Helio Castroneves won his IndyCar Series-record seventh pole of the season Saturday at Belle Isle, edging Dario Franchitti for the top spot in the 18-car field for Sunday's Detroit Indy Grand Prix

Castroneves, who averaged 103.401 mph, broke Billy Boat's 1998 record of six pole position victories in a season and added to his series record total of 23.

Series points leader Scott Dixon qualified third, and Tony Kanaan rounded out the second row. Rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth, followed by Marco Andretti.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- Tyson Gay joined some fast, fast company. Allyson Felix is a race away from doing the same.

The powerhouse pair helped the United States sweep the men's and women's 400-meter relays Saturday night at the world track and field championships in noisy, packed Nagai Stadium.

Gay joined Carl Lewis and Maurice Greene as the only men to win three gold medals at one world meet. Gay is soft-spoken, but his part-time coach Jon Drummond can talk enough for both of them.