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Dodgers use tracks by longtime ump Joe West as walk-up music

LOS ANGELES -- Hoping to supply music to the plate umpire's ears, Los Angeles Dodgers players used Joe West songs as walk-up music during their first at-bats Sunday.

West, the longtime umpire who has two country albums to his credit, was behind the plate for Sunday's game between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. At one point, West could be seen on the Dodger Stadium video board laughing inside his umpire mask.

"You noticed that? That was a little ode to the cowboy," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team's 12-6 win to complete the series sweep.

"That was Chase [Utley]'s idea," Roberts added. "We could only find six songs, though, so we had to kind of loop them. I think Joe enjoyed that."

The Dodgers did manage to score two first-inning runs on three hits and a walk. Enrique Hernandez hit a second-inning home run, giving the Dodgers three runs while playing West tracks before their at-bats.

The Dodgers returned to their usual walk-up music starting with Utley's at-bat in the second inning.