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Joey Votto homered, then gave his bat and jersey to a six-year-old cancer patient

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Joey Votto has made headlines in the past for having playful run-ins with fans, shouting down hecklers and the like. But yesterday he did something that was purely heartwarming.

Walter Herbert is six. Last week, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got to meet Votto. Herbert has continued going to Great American Ballpark and was at the Reds game yesterday, sitting just over the partition from the Reds dugout.

Late in the game Joey Votto hit a homer. When he came back to the dugout he gave Herbert a high-five. And then he gave them a bunch more stuff:

 

If you talk to Reds fans, you learn quickly just how much they love Joey Votto. They don’t love him just for his MVP play.

Good goin’, Joey.

Royals acquire Brian Goodwin from Nationals

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The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.

Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.

The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.