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Hamstring injury causes Gaby Sanchez to miss first start; McKeon vs. Johnson in senior citizen managing showdown

     WASHINGTON -- Gaby Sanchez's name was on the lineup card as it always is when it was first posted inside the Marlins clubhouse this afternoon. But that's before Jack McKeon was informed Sanchez is dealing with a tight left hamstring, prompting the manager to scratch his first baseman and replace him with Greg Dobbs.

      It'll be Sanchez's first missed start of the season.

      "Knowing him, he never wants to get out of hte lineup, so he's probably not feeling good," McKeon said. "When somebody told me it was hurting him, I asked him, 'You all right?' He said 'I'm trying to do some things and it's pulling a little bit.' And I said, 'You better take a day,' because I don't want to lose him for no week."

       McKeon said Sanchez would probably be available to pinch-hit and would likely return to the lineup on Wednesday.


       At a combined 149 years and 57 days, McKeon (80) and Davey Johnson (68) of the Nationals will have the highest combined age for two managers in any major league game since 1950, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

       In 1950, there were 25 games -- all of them involving 87-year-old Athletics manager Connie Mack, against either Joe McCarthy (Red Sox) or Red Corriden (White Sox) -- with higher total ages for the two managers.

       Said Johnson, who was hired last month by the Nationals: "I don't look at (McKeon) as old. Jack, he doesn't change much."



       Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Greg Dobbs, 1b; 4. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Mike Cameron, c; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.

       Nationals: 1. Roger Bernadina, cf; 2. Danny Espinosa, 2b; 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3b; 4. Michael Morse, 1b; 5. Jayson Werth, rf; 6. Laynce Nix, lf; 7. Wilson Ramos, c; 8. Ian Desmond, ss; 9. Jordon Zimmerman, p.