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After a three-day all-star break and a four-game split in Oklahoma City, the Sounds are back at Greer tonight! They open an eight-game homestand against Colorado Springs, as Donovan Hand (1-6, 5.44) faces former Sound Chris Capuano (0-0, 3.52), who pitched for the Sounds briefly in 2010 and was teammates with guys like Hand and Mike McClendon, who will start for the Sky Sox on Wednesday.

First pitch tonight on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05, and coverage begins at 6:50 with this week’s installment of “Mondays with the Manager” with Sounds skipper Rick Sweet. He discusses the Sounds’ four-game series in Oklahoma City, today’s roster move with the Brewers’ calling up Jeremy Jeffress and optioning Rob Wooten, the offense’s productivity lately and the team’s outlook as it sits in first place with 42 games remaining  in the regular season.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds conclude a four-game series in Oklahoma City tonight, and they’re looking to take three out of four before heading back to Nashville. Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 5.66) gets the ball against Rudy Owens (5-4, 5.16). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 6:05 with pregame at 5:50.

Tonight’s interview is with outfielder Sean Halton, who discusses his hot hitting (.400 over his last 18 games), the team’s success and standing with 43 games remaining in the season, and also offers his thoughts on baseball movies, as his father appeared in, among other films, “Angels in the Outfield.” (That topic was also discussed with Halton in THIS interview in May).

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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After a three-day all-star break through Wednesday and a rainout last night, the Sounds are back in action Friday with a doubleheader as they open a four-game series in Oklahoma City. Michael Blazek (1-4, 4.08) gets the ball against Alex White (1-2, 6.85) in Game 1 followed by Ariel Pena (6-6, 4.45) against Asher Wojciechowski (0-2, 6.75) in Game 2. First pitch from Bricktown for Game 1 is scheduled for 4:05, and coverage on 102.5 The Game will begin in progress on 5:55. Today’s interview was taped yesterday before the rainout. It is with Sounds right-hander Donovan Hand, who represented the Sounds, along with Mike Fiers and hitting coach Bob Skube, in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham, NC. Hand discusses what life has been like the past week, including becoming a father, experiencing the all-star game and now heading from the Sounds’ bullpen to the starting rotation.

July 18 – Interview with Sounds pitcher Donovan Hand

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Tonight it’s Game 2 in a three-game weekend series at Greer for the Sounds and Round Rock. Johnnie Lowe (1-3, 5.67) makes a spot start in the place of the recently-promoted Jimmy Nelson and faces Justin Germano (3-8, 4.19). First pitch is set for 6:35 with pregame on 102.5 The Game at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with former Sound Brian Dayett, currently a special assignment instructor for Round Rock’s parent-club Texas Rangers. Dayett played for the Sounds from ’80-’82 and helped lead the Sounds to the 1982 Southern League Championship with a momentous three-run homer. Dayett discusses his current role with the Rangers, his memories of Greer Stadium, playing with Don Mattingly and Buck Showalter and playing for the late Johnny Oates. You can also read more about Dayett’s Nashville days HERE.

July 12 – Interview with Texas Rangers instructor and former Sound Brian Dayett

Brian Dayett shown in a Nashville Sounds game program from 1982

Brian Dayett shown in a Nashville Sounds game program from 1982

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The Sounds are back at Greer tonight for the final three games before the all-star break. They take on the Round Rock Express, from whom they just took two out of three last weekend in Texas. It’s Ariel Pena (5-6, 4.81) against Scott Richmond (1-3, 7.46). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 with pregame at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with the Voice of the Express, Mike Capps, who called Sounds games in 1997 when the club was in the American Association and a White Sox affiliate (with players such as Robin Ventura and Magglio Ordonez). Capps shares some insight on the Express and some of his memories of Greer Stadium over the years as the ballpark approaches the end of its 37th and final season.

July 11 – Interview with Round Rock broadcaster (and former Sounds broadcaster) Mike Capps

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Photo courtesy of MiLB.com

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Today the Sounds conclude a seven-game road trip as they try to split a four-game set in Memphis. Mike Fiers (6-4, 2.63) faces Boone Whiting (1-6, 4.26). First pitch is set for 12:05 with pregame on 102.5 The Game starting at 11:50.

Today’s interview is with Rick Tomlin, minor league pitching coordinator for the Sounds’ parent-club Milwaukee Brewers. Tomlin discusses the arms in the Brewers’ farm system to this point in the season, what he’s looking for at this stage of the season and the stellar season Jimmy Nelson continues to put together.

July 10 – Interview with Brewers minor league pitching coordinator Rick Tomlin

Brewers pitching coordinator Rick Tomlin, shown at left during his time in the same role with the Mets

Brewers pitching coordinator Rick Tomlin, shown at left during his time in the same role with the Mets

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The Sounds continue a seven-game road trip as they play Game 2 in a four-game series in Memphis against the Redbirds. Tonight Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 5.55) faces John Gast (2-2, 9.43). First pitch from Autozone Park is 7:05, with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game and the TuneIn Radio and iGoRadio apps.

Tonight’s interview is with new Sounds first baseman Matt Clark, who has played in three games with the Sounds after signing with the Brewers as a minor league free agent. The former LSU Tiger played in the Padres system for several years, including two very successful years at Tucson in ’11 and ’12, where he worked with current Sounds hitting coach Bob Skube. Clark then played in Japan in 2013 and, after finding out late in the winter he wouldn’t be going back to Japan, signed with the Mets in January and went to Double-A. The Brewers signed him last week when they confirmed Sounds first baseman Hunter Morris had suffered a fracture in his right wrist and would be missing several weeks.

July 8 – Interview with Sounds first baseman Matt Clark

New Sounds first baseman Matt Clark, shown earlier this season with the Mets at Double-A Binghamton

New Sounds first baseman Matt Clark, shown earlier this season with the Mets at Double-A Binghamton

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The Sounds have won eight of their last 10 and they continue a seven-game road trip as they open a four-game series in Memphis against the Redbirds. The clubs just met in Nashville last week, and the Sounds took three out of four. Tonight Jimmy Nelson (10-2, 1.56), who is in the Top 4 in all of the minors in wins, ERA, strikeouts and opposing average, faces Zach Petrick (4-4, 5.45). First pitch from Autozone Park is 7:05, with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game and the TuneIn Radio and iGoRadio apps.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s installment of “Mondays with the Manager” with Sounds skipper Rick Sweet, who discusses the Sounds’ recent hot hitting,  including Jeremy Hermida and Sean Halton, the offense’s balance in the lineup, the addition of first baseman Matt Clark and the injuries to Hunter Morris and Dustin Molleken.

July 7 – Interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds look to take their win streak to five tonight as they play Game 2 of their four-game set against the Memphis Redbirds. It’s Ariel Pena (4-6, 4.72) against rehabbing St. Louis hurler (and former Redbird) Joe Kelly. Originally-scheduled starter Zach Petrick will follow Kelly. Cardinals fans reading this will also be interested to know second baseman Kolten Wong is also with Memphis on rehab. Tonight’s broadcast on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:50 with a first pitch at 7:05.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds infielder and Ontario native Pete Orr, who discusses Canada Day, which commemorates July 1, 1867; his love for the Toronto Blue Jays when he was a kid; his and the team’s season to this point; and what a busy and unpredictable time of year this is for a Triple-A roster.

July 1 – Interview with Sounds infielder Pete Orr

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their eight-game homestand tonight as they welcome the Memphis Redbirds to town for a four-game set. Mike Fiers (6-3, 2.53) takes the hill for the Sounds for the first time since returning from the Brewers, and the Redbirds, who were rained out Saturday and Sunday, counter with Boone Whiting (0-5, 4.30). The broadcast on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:50 with a 7:05 first pitch.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s installment of “Mondays with the Manager” with Sounds skipper Rick Sweet, who discusses the status of  Hunter Morris, who left Sunday’s game after getting hit by a pitch; the additions of Jason Rogers and Shawn Zarraga from Double-A Huntsville; the recent surge from the team’s offense; and Jeremy Jeffress’ taking over the closing duties for the time being.

June 30 – Interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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