The Dodgers trolled Joe West by using his songs as walk-up music

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Long time umpire and crew chief Joe West, when he’s not on the baseball field, is an accomplished singer and songwriter. West has released two country music albums: Blue Cowboy in 1987 and Diamond Dreams in 2008. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and has performed alongside such talents as Merle Haggard and Mickey Gilley.

The Dodgers decided to have some fun with West, who was behind home plate for Sunday’s game against the Braves. Per Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA, for their first at-bats of the game, the Dodger hitters used West’s tunes as their walk-up music. They switched back to their usual stuff after their first cuts.

West’s music might have been a motivator, as the Dodgers scored in each of the first five innings to take a 9-2 lead. They would go on to win 12-6. Corey Seager homered twice after drilling three homers on Friday.

Whose idea was it to use West’s music? None other than second baseman Chase Utley, per SB Nation’s Ryan Walton.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.