LEACH SUSPENDED: Giants OF Rick Leach was suspended for 60 days by Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent because of a positive drug test.

Leach, 33, had been ordered to have drug counseling after marijuana was found in his hotel room last year.

"I am truly sorry this has happened," he said. "I know I have disappointed my family, my teammates and the Giants."

He is batting .293 in 174 at-bats this season with two home runs and 16 RBI.

"This is a real shock. He's devastated. The club is in shock too," Giants Manager Roger Craig said. "He's done so much for us."

HONORING AN OFFER: The financial leader of a Miami group of investors seeking to buy the Expos says he considers his $135 million offer serious even though he has never spoken with the team's principal owner.

Lou Poller, 83, said his group's pursuit of the Expos is in the early stages.

"To take something out of the oven before it's cooked, it's unfair," Poller said. "I can't tell you it's an offer until someone says, 'Sit down and let's see where your money is.' "

Poller said he would be the chief investor in the venture.

MORGAN TO SUE: Joe Morgan, just inducted into the Hall of Fame, is suing a police detective and the city of Los Angeles in federal court for being physically apprehended and handcuffed at Los Angeles International Airport in March 1988. Morgan claims he was unfairly targeted because he is black and fit a certain "profile" that narcotics officers think a drug courier should look like.

REIGN DELAY: A meeting scheduled for Wednesday between George Steinbrenner and his 18 limited partners has been postponed until next week. The partners are expected to approve Hank Steinbrenner as general partner at the meeting.

AILING: RHP Pascual Perez, who has not thrown an inning for the Yankees since April 25, will have surgery on his right shoulder Thursday in Birmingham.

Perez has pitched only 14 innings this season after signing as a free agent for $5.7 million over three years. General Manager Pete Peterson said Perez should recover in time for spring training.

Perez, 33, was 1-2 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts before suffering an irritation of the lining of the shoulder joint.

In Los Angeles, Yankees 1B Don Mattingly was examined in Los Angeles and was told to remain on an exercise program designed to treat a bulging disk in his lower back.

Mattingly, placed on the 21-day disabled list on July 25, has been told that surgery will not help his condition. . . .

The Cardinals placed RHP Bryn Smith on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 28, with a sore right shoulder. They recalled LHP Tim Sherrill from AAA Louisville