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SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Melancon sat patiently as his name circulated in rumors leading up to the trade deadline.Ive been through it before, so I realize that until it happens its not a big deal, Melancon said. I just waited until I got the phone call.The call finally came on Saturday, and he was no longer the closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead, the All-Star was joining the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.By Sunday, Melancon had joined his new team for a game in San Francisco.A lot of different emotions going on just because Ive been with the Pirates for a while, said Melancon, who was in his fourth year with Pittsburgh. Its a little sad to leave those guys, but at the same time Im really excited to be here on a first-place club.Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Melancon, who supplants the struggling Jonathan Papelbon as Washingtons closer.Melancon exchanged text messages with Papelbon on Saturday while he was between flights.Papelbon is 2-4 with a 4.41 ERA and has allowed eight runs and seven hits in his past three outings.Hes been awesome about it, Melancon said. Its a tough situation, so I understand . Like he said, were here to win a championship, whatever it takes.The deal reunites Melancon with his Team USA teammate Max Scherzer. He also works out with Anthony Rendon in the offseason.The 31-year-old right-hander goes from the fringe of the wild-card race to a team thats building a nice lead in its division.It gives you a nice little boost, I know that, Melancon said. For me it was really exciting. Whirlwind of a day yesterday, but Im here and everythings great.Melancon has converted 30 of 33 saves with a 1.51 ERA this season. He joins his fifth organization in eight years.He is making $9.65 million and is eligible for free agency after the World Series; as part of the swap, the Pirates will pay Washington $500,000 on Sept. 1.Melancon broke into the majors in 2009 with the Yankees, where he was considered a possible successor to Mariano Rivera. He also pitched for Houston, Boston and the Yankees.He credits the famed Yankees closer with helping him develop the cut fastball that he considers his best pitch.I got to watch that a lot from (Rivera), Melancon said. Just sit behind the plate, sit behind him pitching. Not only did I notice how important the cutter and the movement, when to throw it in and back door and all that stuff but just his location and how important that was. 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He played one series before leaving the game.Quarterback Tony Romo, rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, tight end Jason Witten and left tackle Tyron Smith were held out of the game for Dallas.Rams running back Todd Gurley and defensive end Robert Quinn also did not play, as a crowd of 89,140 saw Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead score on a 101-yard kick return to welcome the NFL back to Southern California after a 22-year absence.No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff had an up-and-down debut after replacing Case Keenum early in the second quarter, completing 4 of 9 passes for 38 yards and an interception.After being hit by Cowboys linebacker Derek Akunne, Goffs second pass was a wobbly throw that was easily picked off by Mark Nzeocha.On his next possession, Goff nearly put the Rams in position to pick up points before halftime but rookie Pharoh Cooper dropped a pass in the red zone. Goff was sacked on the next play to end the second quarter.Goff didnt return in the second half after his non-throwing shoulder became stiff. Coach Jeff Fisher planned to give Goff two or three more series. Neither Goff nor Fisher believed the injury was serious.Keenum started and played three series, going 6 of 7 for 58 yards. Benny Cunningham scored on a 14-yard run with 1:33 left in the first quarter for the Rams first points in the stadium where they first played after arriving from Cleveland in 1946 until moving to Anaheim at the end of the 1979 season.Mannion threw three touchdown passes in the second half to rally the Rams.Cowboys rookie Dak Prescott started in place of Romo and made a strong case to back him up after Kellen Moore broke his ankle in practice last week. Prescott was 10 of 12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns, with both incompletions coming on drops by Geoff Swain.The fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State looked poised behind the strong Cowboys offensive line, finding Terrance Williams for a 32-yard touchdown with a perfectly placed throw over Lamarcus Joyner.ROOKIE WATCHCowboys: Runnning back Darius Jackson showed some nice burst, rushing for 47 yards on 13 carries.dddddddddddd But most of the Cowboys draft class was unavailable. Second-round pick Jaylon Smith is recovering from a serious knee injury the linebacker suffered in the Fiesta Bowl. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins (foot) and end Charles Tapper (back) are also dealing with injuries, but should be available later in the preseason.Rams: Fourth-round pick Tyler Higbee has been the star of training camp and kept it up with five catches for 49 yards. The tight end from Western Michigan was equally effective whether working split out wide, where he broke a tackle on a 14-yard reception from Goff, or on the line of scrimmage. Higbee didnt get to show off his aptitude in the red zone, but looks like a valuable addition to an offense that lacks reliable options.POSITION BATTLESCowboys: Jamiel Showers had his moments in the second half, including a 47-yard completion to Vince Mayle after narrowly escaping a sack, but Prescotts performance looks to have justified the decision by owner Jerry Jones not to add a veteran quarterback after Moore got hurt.Rams: The rebuilt secondary struggled in its first outing after losing free agent cornerback Janoris Jenkins to the New York Giants. Seeing Sensabaugh struggle to contain Bryant wasnt a surprise, but seeing Williams and Cole Beasley running free was troubling. Joyner seems to be a better fit at nickel back, while Sensabaughs issues mean a starting cornerback job is almost certainly E.J. 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