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This year's National League All-Star team is serving seriously good dog content. But who are the best boys?

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This year's National League All-Star team is serving seriously good dog content. But who are the best boys?

The dog days of summer are here, and with them come the MLB All-Star game. Washington will host a multitude of events this week, culminating in the All-Star game on Tuesday night.

As we approach the main event, we've seen countless takes on who did or didn't deserve to make the All-Star roster, who was snubbed, who might be a standout. But we haven't seen anything on the furry friends that support their humans day in and day out in such a strenuous, long-seasoned sport. And honestly? They deserve a shout-out too.

Below, a ranking of the best dogs among the National League's All-Stars. Keep in mind that although all dogs are good dogs, for the purposes of this, we had to narrow them down by their stories, how photogenic they are, and other social-media friendly criteria. Players with dogs unbeknownst to us were not counted. 

Disqualified: Freddie Freeman (1B, Braves)

Freeman's cat Nala seems like a very charming and capable copilot, but she is, well, a cat. We have to turn her down from participating in this competition. Sorry, buddy.

Honorable mention: Willson Contreras (C, Cubs)

Though Contreras has no dogs of his own, he does love interacting with them. These photos from a 2016 Iowa Cubs AAA game are more than enough to earn him a nod.

Honorable mention: Joey Votto (1B, Reds)

Votto doesn't have social media and has never brought his dog to work. However, in a 2015 interview, he did wax poetic about how much he loves the support and companionship that dog ownership provides. The one-minute clip feels like a big hug.

10. Bryce Harper (RF, Nationals)

Look, we love Harper. We really do. But naming a dog after an opposing team's stadum seems traitorous. Considering Bryce's track record of supporting out-of town teams, it isn't a great sign. His dog Wrigley comes in dead last.

9. J.T. Realmuto (C, Marlins)

Realmuto also named his dog after an opposing team or stadium. I know the name Dodger is fairly generic, but if you're planning to play in the majors, you should probably think this through.

8. Brandon Crawford (SS, Giants)

Crawford has two adorable Shih-tzu mixes. But, to their credit, it's hard to outshine several even more adorable children. They kind of get lost in the photo.

7. Sean Doolittle (LHP, Nationals)

Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan have what they described in a WTOP interview as two "gassy" lab mixes named Stella and Sophia. Regardless of how much they may stink, they're so darn lovable and they match so well. How could you resist?

6. Scooter Gennett (2B, Reds)

For Spring Training this year, Gennett worried about his dog Leo not faring so well on a plane, so he opted for a 32 hour RV road trip. For a fluffy goldendoodle face like this, we would probably do anything, too.

5. Javier Baez (2B, Cubs)

In an interview last year, Puerto Rico native Javy Baez touched on what it's like to be a dad to five (five!) very sweet pitbulls. We're sure that Kimbo, Luna, Sniper, Pablo and Olga are all angels, but we could only find photos of Kimbo, which knocks Baez way down in the rankings. If there was more content for us to rate, Javy and his five babies would be at the top of the list.

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4. Mike Foltynewicz (RHP, Braves)

The Foltynewicz family actually has three “fur babies” – Griffey, a cavalier-bichon mix, Rookie, a Great Dane, and a third dog whose name we couldn’t uncover, but he looks like a toy breed. It’s the perfect small, medium, and extra large situation.

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3. Buster Posey (C, Giants)

The Poseys happen to have one of the most beautiful spaniels of all time. Their dog is named Chapin, after a beach in Cape Cod, where Posey played a short stint in the community's summer league. Every photo of this dog looks more like a professional portrait than a zany candid. To make things even better, commenters on Chapin's photos frequently share stories of how they named their Springer spaniels after Posey. If that doesn't show a die-hard love for both baseball and dogs, I don't know what does.

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2. Patrick Corbin (LHP, Diamondbacks)

In Februrary, Corbin adopted a German shepherd puppy named Ace. Every three or four weeks since, he's posted a growing-up pupdate to show off how quickly Ace is getting bigger. It melts anyone's heart to see a puppy growing into a big dog, but it's even better when the progress is measured in how hard it is to hold the dog like a baby. Check out the five-post series of our favorite solo NL dog below.

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Ace is getting big! #nationalpuppyday

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One month later...

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Family photo day 🐕

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1. Max Scherzer (RHP, Nationals)

The Scherzer family counts four rescue dogs, Bo, Rafi, Rocco, and Max! All except Rafi have one blue eye and one brown eye, the same as Scherzer himself! It isn’t quite in line with genetics principles, but everything worked out regardless. Four dogs and an adorable baby seems like a busy household to us! 

In addition to all this mix-and-match cuteness, Scherzer and his wife Erica team up with the Humane Rescue Alliance in DC every year to raise money and spread awareness of available rescue dogs. Their dedication to dogs who just need a loving home – and willingness to be that home – makes the Scherzers our winning candidates.

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Austen Williams lands on 10-day IL

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Austen Williams lands on 10-day IL

The Washington Nationals fell to the Miami Marlins 3-2 Friday night. Here's the latest Nationals and Marlins news:

Player Notes: 

NATIONALS:

Anibal Sanchez took the loss against the Marlins Friday, allowing three over 5 1/3 innings. Sanchez is now 0-2 on the season and holds a 4.91 ERA. 

Second baseman Brian Dozier went 1-for-4 Friday night with a solo home run, his second long ball of the seaon. Meanwhile, Anthony Rendon extended his hit streak to 17 games with a sixth inning double. Rendon's streak is now the longest in the majors this season. 

Washington placed reliever Austen Williams on the 10-day injured list with a sprained AC joint. The Nationals called up RHP Austin Adams from Triple-A Fresno to take Williams' place in the bullpen. 

MARLINS: 

Starting pitcher Caleb Smith kept the Nats' bats mostly quiet to earn his second win of the season, pithching six innings of one-run ball for the Marlins. Smith struck out eight and walked none, the only run he allowed coming on a Juan Soto RBI single in the first inning.

Closer Sergio Romo needed just 10 pitches to sit the Nats down in order in the ninth and record his second save of 2019. 

Left fielder Curtis Granderson went 0-4 with three strikeouts Friday night, but it was Granderson who was hit by a Matt Grace pitch in the sixth inning to force home a run and give Miami a 3-1 lead. That run proved to be the difference, as Washington only scored once more on Dozier's solo blast in the seventh.

Injures: 

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up: 

Saturday, 4/20: Nationals @ Marlins, 6:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Sunday, 4/21: Nationals @ Marlins, 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Monday, 4/22: Nationals @ Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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What to watch as Nats continue three-game series against Marlins

What to watch as Nats continue three-game series against Marlins

This is the Nationals’ first time in Miami this season, and the team finished with a 3-2 loss against the Marlins on Friday night. Here are a few things to look for as they enter the second game of the three-game series against the Floridians: 

  1. Friday night’s situational hitting was poor, NBC Sports Washington’s Todd Dybas reported. The Nats left 10 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.However, the Nationals’ offense has changed this season. This was exemplified in Friday’s series opener against the Marlins, in which both Adam Eaton and Victor Robles bunted to get hits.
  2. Eaton singled on a bunt in the first inning, eventually scoring on a Juan Soto RBI single, while Robles also reached base safely in the third following Eaton’s strategy and then stole a base. These creative plays helped get men on base, but again, more often than not they stayed there. Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the season in the seventh inning, a solo shot which gave the Nats their second and final run of the night. Dozier had a rough start to the season, and after Friday’s game, he has just two RBIs – both via solo homers. He has a batting average of .182, and he’s lost playing time to Howie Kendrick as the season has moved forward. Kendrick has a batting average of .477, the highest on the roster.
  3. Anthony Rendon continued his hit streak, extending it to 17 games with a double Friday. This is the longest hitting streak in the MLB this season, as well as the third baseman’s personal record. Within the organization, Rendon is chasing Hall-of-Famer Heinie Manush’s record, which stretched to 33 consecutive hits in 1933. Can he get another on Saturday?

 

Download the MyTeams app for coverage from NBC Sports Washington of the Nationals/Marlins game on Saturday. The game broadcast will be at 6:10 PM ET on 106.7 the Fan and MASN2. 

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