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Posted 8/5/12 at 3:42 PM

It's Bark in the Park, featuring a canine Joe Maddon

Every dog has its day. For Tampa-area canines, it happened to be Sunday.

While the Orioles and Rays battled through the dog days of summer, Tropicana Field hosted its first-ever "Bark in the Park" event for local pet owners.

The party deck above left field was converted into a dog zone for the occasion, which proved to be an instant sellout. Product samples, an adoption booth and a portrait station were just a few of the offerings.

As it turns out, man's best friend has quite a few companions in the Rays' clubhouse. There are 20 pooch owners among Tampa Bay players and coaches.

All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria and bench coach Dave Martinez lead the way with three dogs each, while David Price's French bulldog Astro is by far the most popular.

-- JB Long

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