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WASHINGTON -- Calm and collected on the outside, Lucas Giolito was so anxious about making his major league debut that he kept going into manager Dusty Bakers office to ask when the game would start. Discount Nike React Ireland Online .Rain delayed it almost an hour and then cut Giolitos outing short, but when he was on the mound he was dominant as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 5-0 on Tuesday night. Baseballs top pitching prospect allowed just one hit, struck out one and walked two in four scoreless innings and made the most of his start despite the weather.I never saw rain in the forecast at all, Giolito said. I thought it would be like 72 degrees, sunny, all that stuff. Thats how I dreamt it. But Ill take what I can get. An MLB debut is an MLB debut and Im glad I pitched well.The 6-foot-6 Giolito mixed his curveball and improving changeup in with his overpowering fastball to silence the Mets after a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson. Giolito was in control of his emotions and his pitches all night.He pounded the strike zone very well, said outfielder Bryce Harper, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. His fastball was good, his curveball was good. I think he kept them off-balance pretty well and definitely a huge bummer that we went into that rain delay.An 85-minute rain delay cost Giolito the chance to pick up his first major league victory, as the win went to reliever Oliver Perez (2-1) instead. But Giolito left an impression with his first Nationals start, taking to heart the advice his veteran manager gave him.Dusty told me: `You can be anxious. You can be nervous. Just dont be scared. You belong here. Thats just what I tried to prove, the 21-year-old said. After the first pitch, I couldve been pitching Double-A, I couldve been pitching in front of zero people. It wouldnt have mattered. I was just locked in.Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (4-10) wasnt quite as locked in but was very good in allowing one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. An RBI triple by Danny Espinosa was the only crack Washington needed against Harvey, who was a hard-luck loser.It would have been great for him to go a few more innings because tonight was some of the best stuff hes had all year, manager Terry Collins said. Tonight he had things going.Harpers two-run shot off lefty Jerry Blevins, his team-leading 16th of the season, and Wilson Ramos two-run double in the seventh gave the Nationals bullpen some cushion. On the other side, New Yorks bullpen became even more depleted the day before Logan Verrett has to make a spot start.TRAINERS ROOMMets: Granderson was removed from the game after the second rain delay because of a calf injury that tightened up on him, Collins said.. ... RHP Hansel Robles was struck in the right calf with a line drive in the seventh inning and walked off under his own power. ... LHP Steven Matz has a bone spur in his elbow and had his start pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard has a small bone spur in his elbow but isnt expected to miss any time. ... 1B Lucas Duda is two weeks away from resuming baseball activities.Nationals: An MRI confirmed RHP Stephen Strasburg has an upper back strain. Strasburg threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon.UP NEXTMets: RHP Verrett (3-4, 4.14 ERA) makes a spot start for Matz as the rest of the rotation gets pushed back. The Mets will have one fewer arm available in the bullpen as a result.Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (8-5, 3.52 ERA) makes his 17th start of the season trying to bounce back from allowing four earned runs in a loss to Milwaukee on Saturday. Wholesale Nike React Ireland . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. Cheap Shoes Ireland .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. http://www.nikereactoutletireland.com/ . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Hampshire 548 for 6 dec (Smith 210, McLaren 81*) drew with Lancashire 387 (Petersen 98, Hameed 89, Procter 54, Dawson 3-63, Crane 3-87) and 98 for 3Scorecard Hampshires Liam Dawson bagged three evening wickets but could not stop Lancashire, led by a fifty from Haseeb Hameed, from batting out for a draw at the Ageas Bowl.Left arm spinner Dawson gave Hampshire hope of the win but Hameed and Liam Livingstone saw the visitors to the end.Hampshire remain cemented to the bottom of Division One, while Lancashire are in danger of being dragged in to a relegation dogfight with Surrey threatening to overtake them.Hampshire were given some early hope of clutching a victory from the off, as leg spinner Mason Crane found exaggerated turn.He took three of the six final Lancastrian first innings wickets with another tireless day twirling - bowling 48 and a half overs in the match.Will Smith, Hampshires captain, said: In terms of the effort and desire to win was all we could ask. We probably created enough chances but that said you cant fault the effort, we have fielded for 210 overs in a row.Daws and Mason bowled 100 overs of them and bowled particularly well. We couldnt force the win but there are a lot of positives. At times the pitch appeared docile but all of a sudden it would come to life. It was a wicket which suited us.Every game is important now. We have to approach the next five with a winning mentality. If we can come out with two wins we can climb the table.Crane had night-watchman Simon Kerrigan caught behind to the last ball of the days first over and later found a thick edge froom Jordan Clark drop to Ryan McLaren at second slip. Discount Nike React Ireland. In the afternoon he wrapped up the first innings by tempting Croft out his crease, stumped by the increasingly impressive Lewis McManus.Ryan McLaren sent Liam Livingstones off stump cartwheeling before Cranes spin twin Dawson grabbed tail scalps of Tom Moores and Kyle Jarvis.With Lancashire 12 short of the follow on, Will Smith forced them to bat again and were left frustrated by openers Steven Croft and Hameed.The pair retreated deeply within their shells - dot ball followed dot ball, as they used up 25 of the 58 remaining overs.Dawson managed to get one top pop up with the first ball after tea, and Croft watched sullenly as it dropped into Gareth Andrews paws at silly point - Dawsons 100th Specsavers County Championship wicket. Dawson managed to grab his fifth and sixth wickets of the afternoon - after only managing nine previously this season - soon after, as Lancashire threatened briefly to offer Hampshire a glimpse of winning the game.Luke Procter pushed to Tom Alsop at silly mid-on, before Alviro Petersen fell in an identical fashion six overs later.The stat that summed up the match, on a flat track, was the number of maidens bowled - over a full days worth of 98.But Hameed, unbeaten on 53 after his 142-ball half century, his second of the match, and Livingstone dropped anchor to avoid defeat - the captains eventually shaking hands with six left, the visitors still trailing by 63. ' ' ' 

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