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Dog owned by Rays’ Hanigan earns win at Westminster

Published:   |   Updated: February 12, 2014 at 06:51 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays added catcher Ryan Hanigan this offseason, hoping he could be one of the pieces that could help the team return to the World Series in 2014.

But even before taking the field, he notched one of his biggest victories on Monday night. At least on the dog show circuit.

Copperridge What’s Your Dream, a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd owned by Hanigan’s wife, Jasmine, was named Best of Breed over 43 others at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday night.

“It’s incredible that she went from my No. 1 bed buddy to best of breed at Westminster!!!” Hanigan wrote in a text message.

Hanigan, 33, quickly signed a three-year contract extension with a team option for 2017 that guarantees him $10.75 million.

Hanigan, regarded as an above-average defensive catcher who excels at calling a game, was acquired in a trade with the Reds and quickly signed a three-year, $10.75 million contract.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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