ZITO GETS ROCKED; GIANTS FALL IN COLORADO
(AP) — Todd Helton homered to move within three hits of 2,500, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Monday night.
Juan Nicasio tossed six shutout innings and added an RBI single, and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies.
Buster Posey singled and reached base for the 49th straight game against Colorado.
The Rockies began a nine-game, 10-day homestand with a strong performance against lefty Barry Zito (4-10), who has struggled away from home this season. His numbers didn't improve in his short outing at Coors Field.
Zito allowed five runs and nine hits and struck out one in four innings in his second start since being put back into the rotation. He is 0-8 with a 9.61 ERA on the road this season.
A'S KNOCK OFF TIGERS TO OPEN ROAD TRIP
(AP) — Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, and the Oakland Athletics beat Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 8-6 on Monday night.
Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning. Crisp also had a solo homer during his three-hit performance.
A.J. Griffin (11-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, but managed to win for the first time since July 29. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.
49ERS TRADE POPULAR HARALSON TO SAINITS
(AP) — A person with knowledge of the trade says the San Francisco 49ers have sent linebacker Parys Haralson to the New Orleans Saints, who are in desperate need at the position as a pair of would-be starters are sidelined with knee injuries.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday night because neither team had announced the trade. It wasn't clear what compensation the 49ers would receive in return.
Haralson departed San Francisco team headquarters Monday night after saying his goodbyes before the team began a late practice, acknowledging that he had been traded while providing no further details other than, "I'm outta here."
Saints outside linebacker Will Smith will be sidelined for the season with a knee injury, a person familiar with the situation said. Victor Butler also is recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him most or all of the season.
The Mercury News first reported the trade was with New Orleans.
ROSTER CUT DOWN DAY; MAEHL STILL WITH EAGLES
(AP) — NFL rosters need to be cut down to a 75-man limit by today so there will be a flurry of decisions made by team general managers. Former Paradise High and Oregon Ducks product Jeffrey Maehl is still on the roster for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is hoping to make the squad for a team in need of receivers. The last of the pre-season games will be completed Thursday, then GM's will have until Saturday to get the rosters down to 53 for the start of the season.
DAY TWO OF THE US OPEN
(AP) — Top-seed and 2011 champ Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) takes the court tonight as part of the Day 2 action at the US Open. He'll be trying to continue his recent success at Flushing Meadow where he's reached the last three finals and been a semifinalist for the past six years.
Roger Federer's schedule was thrown off by a rain out last night, so the five-time champ is now set to open play today. Federer will be appearing in his 56th consecutive Grand Slam event, tying the men's record held by Wayne Ferreira. Federer's seventh-seed is his worst since 2002.
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) is also on today's schedule.