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    Bring your dog to the ballpark (no, really)

    This Dodgers-clad dog paraded around the warning track as part of the team’s "Bark in the Park" promotion last year.
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    This Dodgers-clad dog paraded around the warning track as part of the team’s "Bark in the Park" promotion last year.

    It’s not summer yet but the dog days are already here at ballparks around the country. Since the Chicago White Sox held the first Dog Days of Summer in August 1996 the practice has spread.

    This season 19 major league teams are hosting Barks at the Parks, Puppypaloozas, or Pups at the Parks, led by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are letting the dogs in eight times this season.

    As for Fenway Park: the Red Sox will not be participating this season.

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    A look at the dates when teams are going to the dogs this season:

    Arizona Diamondbacks

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    June 9, Sept. 15

    Atlanta Braves

    May 5, Sept. 15

    Some of these minor league teams in New England also are having days where dogs are welcome at the ballpark.
    Some of these minor league teams in New England also are having days where dogs are welcome at the ballpark.

    Chicago White Sox

    Sept. 16

    Cincinnati Reds

    Sept. 23

    Cleveland Indians

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    June 17, Sept. 9

    Houston Astros

    Sept. 15

    Kansas City Royals

    May 26

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Sept. 28

    Miami Marlins

    June 30, Aug. 4

    New York Mets

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    Sept. 14

    Oakland Athletics

    June 28

    Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Fans walked their dogs around Citi Field before a Mets-Nationals game on April 20.

    May 7, May 21, June 11, July 9, Aug. 6, Aug. 27, Sept. 17

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    May 11

    St. Louis Cardinals

    June 22

    San Diego Padres

    July 9

    San Francisco Giants

    Aug. 25

    Tampa Bay Rays

    June 16, Aug. 18

    Texas Rangers

    May 2

    Washington Nationals

    May 11, June 9, Sept. 14