A construction worker who was on probation for felony drunken driving when he ran a red light and killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher

Nick Adenhart

and two other people was sentenced yesterday to 51 years to life in prison.

A judge sentenced Andrew Gallo, 24, amid sobbing from the victims' family and friends who earlier heard him apologize for the 2009 crash.

Prosecutors said Gallo's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when he blew through a red light at an Orange County intersection on April 9, 2009, and T-boned the car carrying Adenhart and three friends.

Also killed in the crash were 20-year-old Courtney Stewart and 25-year-old Henry Pearson. A fourth passenger, Jon Wilhite, was severely injured.

Before sentencing, Stewart's sobbing father, Chris Stewart, told the judge each day that goes by "is one more day I'm without my daughter."

Gallo was frequently moved to tears by the statements from family members of victims. He acknowledged before sentencing that he had taken the three lives and ruined his own after getting behind the wheel after hours of drinking.

He also said he expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

"When I die, I have to look God in the face and ask him for forgiveness and mercy," he said.

In other baseball news:

* The Yankees and free agent Johnny Damon have been discussing the possible return of the veteran to New York, Newsday reported.

* The Milwaukee Brewers finalized infielder Craig Counsell's $1.4 million contract and also reached a 1-year agreement with righthander Sean Green.

Horse Racing

* Horse racing representatives agreed to a plan that would allow a full season of 146 days of racing in Maryland and keep the Preakness Stakes in the state. Joseph Bryce, Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief legislative officer, met for nearly an hour with industry representatives, track owners, horseman and breeders to work out details in the governor's office. The meeting was held a day after the state's racing commission voted to reject a proposal to conduct live racing next year by the owners of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore - home of the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. The vote threw the future of horse racing in Maryland into doubt. The agreement still needs approval by the Maryland Racing Commission.