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The Sounds continue their eight-game homestand today as they play Game 2 of a four-game series against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers). The Sounds are 3-2 so far on the homestand, taking three of four from Omaha before dropping the opener to the Sky Sox last night. Today Raul Alcantara, who gave up one unearned run in seven innings on Friday in his Sounds debut, makes the start opposite former Cumberland University standout Aaron Wilkerson (0-2, 8.03). First pitch is set for 12:05 CT with pregame at 11:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Today’s interview interview is with 1B/OF Matt Olson. who cracked a homer last night in the series opener. He discusses his hot hitting of late and in the 2nd Half each of the past few years, the team’s 7.0-game lead atop the division with 40 games remaining, and the recent call-ups of his close friends, Bruce Maxwell and Ryon Healy.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds wrap up their four-game series with Omaha and continue their eight-game homestand tonight, trying to take three out of four from the Storm Chasers before Colorado Springs Sky Sox comes to town tomorrow. The Sounds rallied late last night, thanks in part to a Billy Burns two-run single in the eighth inning.  Tonight Ross Detwiler makes his First Tennessee Park debut and second appearance as a Sound, and he opposes Clarksville native and UT-Martin alum Alec Mills. First pitch in the delayed start — due to the travel — is set for 8:30 CT with pregame at 8:15 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s chat with manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the Sounds travel issues that began the homestand; the recent play of Max Muncy, who was called up to Oakland today; what he’s seen from Billy Burns since Burns was optioned by the A’s, and the debut on Friday night of 23-year-old prospect Raul Alcantara, who joined the club from Double-A Midland and tossed seven innings of one-run ball.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds are back at home tonight — somehow someway — to start an eight-game homestand with the first of four against the Omaha Storm Chasers. In one of the wildest 24 hours of travel scenarios the Pacific Coast League has ever seen, the Sounds have made it to First Tennessee Park. A’s prospect Raul Alcantara is up from Double-A to make his Sounds and Triple-A debut, and he faces John Lannan. First pitch in the delayed start — due to the travel — is set for 8:30 CT with pregame at 8:15 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with the Sounds’ Senior VP of Operations, Doug Scopel, who oversees the Sounds’ travel and worked with trainer Brad LaRosa and countless others over the last 18 hours to find a way to make this game happen tonight. He takes us through how the Sounds made it to Nashville.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds (53-45) wrap up their eight-game road trip out west today as they aim for a split in their four-game series in New Mexico against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies). Last night the Sounds snapped a three-game skid and expanded their lead atop the division to 5.0 games with a 7-5 victory. Today Chris Jensen (0-3, 3.57) is back from Double-A Midland to start in the place of Zach Neal, who, along with Jesse Hahn, is an option for the A’s on Sunday in the place of Rich Hill. Eddie Butler (4-0, 4.64) goes for the Isotopes (43-54). The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 1:05 CT with 12:50 pregame.

Today’s interview is with newly-acquired left-hander Ross Detwiler, who tossed five innings of one-run ball last night to win his Sounds debut. The former Washington Nationals southpaw discusses his outing last night, the season he was having in the Cleveland organization — big leagues and Triple-A Columbus — before the trade, and coming to the A’s.

Photo courtesy of MLBAM

Photo courtesy of MLBAM

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The Sounds continue their eight-game road trip out west tonight as they play Game 3 in a four-game series in New Mexico against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies). The Sounds were swept in a doubleheader last night after being rained out on Monday, and the Isotopes, while a last place team, have won nine in a row. Tonight Jesse Hahn will start for the Sounds and throw one inning, as the A’s may need him this Sunday in the spot of the injured Rich Hill. Hahn will be followed by lefty Ross Detwiler, who makes his Sounds debut after being acquired from Cleveland last weekend. The Isotopes go with Rockies prospect Jeff Hoffman. The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 8:05 CT with 7:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with hot-hitting catcher Bruce Maxwell, who on Monday was named PCL Offensive Player of the Week after a huge series in El Paso and homered again last night, his 10th homer since June 1 and fifth on this road trip. Maxwell talks about his offensive performance of late, his progression defensively behind the plate, the recent call-up of teammate Ryon Healy, and his always outgoing personality.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their eight-game road trip out west tonight as the open a four-game series in New Mexico against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies). The Sounds lost in El Paso, 5-2, last night in their attempt at the series sweep. They’re now 18-2 against the Pacific Conference this year with 12 games remaining against that side of the league. Tonight lefty Brandon Mann, up from Double-A Midland, makes his Sounds debut, filling in for Dillon Overton, who will start Tuesday for the A’s instead of tonight for the Sounds. Mann faces righty Christian Bergman (1-2, 4.34). The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 8:05 CT with 7:50 pregame.

Mann’s joining the roster is just one of several transactions of late. Here’s a brief recap of all the transactions that have happened in the past four days:

  • 1B/3B Ryon Healy called up to Oakland
  • OF Billy Burns optioned (debuts tonight for the Sounds)
  • C Bryan Anderson back from Double-A
  • C Carson Blair released by A’s to become free agent
  • RH Nick Tepesch designated for assignment (claimed today by Royals…with Omaha in Nashville this weekend, too)
  • LH Ross Detwiler acquired by A’s from Cleveland…assigned to Sounds…starts Wednesday in ABQ
  • LH Dillon Overton called up to Oakland (officially will be added to A’s roster Tuesday)
  • LH Brandon Mann up from Double-A

With that in mind, tonight’s interview is this week’s Monday chat with manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the team’s offensive outburst in El Paso (45 runs and 13 homers in 4 games), the call-up of Ryon Healy, the addition of Billy Burns, and the great stretch recently for Bruce Maxwell, who today was named PCL Offensive Player of the Week.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

 

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The Sounds continue their eight-game road trip with Game 2 of a four-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres). The Sounds came out of the all-star break in style last night, blasting five home runs in a 13-3 rout. Tonight Jesse Hahn (1-5, 3.60) takes the mound against Carlos Pimentel (9-4, 5.94).  The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 8:05 CT with 7:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with the farm director for the Sounds’ parent-club A’s, Keith Lieppman. He discusses today’s news of Ryon Healy’s first major league call-up, the adjustments he’s seen from the Sounds since he last saw them in late May, the excitement of this time of year leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, and the 24-hour-a-day nature of his job.

Photo courtesy Oakland A's

Photo courtesy Oakland A’s

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Jeff

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