The Washington Times - July 26, 2011, 03:28PM

The Nationals return home tonight for the first game in 16 days and chances are they could not be happier to be back within the confines of a park they’re 28-18 in this season. A lost road trip behind them, the Nationals turn their sights to a homestand that includes exclusively divisional opponents and starts with the Florida Marlins.

A lot has changed since these two teams last met — particularly for the Marlins, who went through a hellacious tailspin in June that cost them their hitting coach and then their manager. But also for the Nationals who, in case you hadn’t heard, had a bit of upheaval themselves. 

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Tonight’s game will not only match up the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann in one of his final (most likely) six starts of the season against the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco, it’ll also be a game that has the highest combined age for two managers since 1950 in Jack McKeon (80) and Davey Johnson (68).

The last time a matchup this old happen was 1959: Connie Mack against Joe McCarthy and Mack against Red Corriden, per Elias Sports Bureau. 

Here are the lineups for those two elder statesmen:

Nationals:

Roger Bernadina CF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Laynce Nix LF
Wilson Ramos C
Ian Desmond SS
Jordan Zimmermann P 

Marlins:

Emilio Bonifacio 3B
Omar Infante 2B
Greg Dobbs 1B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Logan Morrison LF
Mike Stanton RF
Mike Cameron CF
John Buck C
Ricky Nolasco P

– One other quick note, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will be presented with the Heart & Hustle award before tonight’s game. Desmond was selected as the Nationals winner for the honor and he’ll be up against a representative from all 29 other major league teams. The MLB-wide winner will be announced in November.