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Here are some recent pregame interviews from the radio broadcasts, including chats with Anthony Garcia, who had a franchise-record eight RBIs on Tuesday; closer Bobby Wahl on his Triple-A All-Star Game experience; Steve Scarsone, who filled in as manager for Fran Riordan in Iowa after the all-star break; and A’s special assistant to the GM Grady Fuson.

July 18 – Anthony Garcia:

July 17 – Melvin Mercedes:

July 16 – Fran Riordan:

July 15 – Steve Scarsone:

July 13 – Bobby Wahl:

July 7 – Grady Fuson:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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The Sounds continue their five-game homestand tonight as they play Game 3 against the Iowa Cubs leading to the all-star break. After going 6-3 on their road trip through Oklahoma City and Omaha, the Sounds have dropped the first two in this set against Iowa. They’ve scored early and first in each game but haven’t scored again after. Last night it was a 7-1 final.  Tonight Daniel Mengden returns to the Sounds and makes a rehab start for Oakland, as he’s currently on the A’s 10-day disabled list with a right foot sprain. He opposes Duane Underwood, who is one of the Cubs’ top pitching prospects.

First pitch from Music City is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is audio from recent pregame interviews with manager Fran Riordan, Sounds GM Adam Nuse and A’s coordinator of instruction Ed Sprague.

July 5 – Ed Sprague:

July 4 – Adam Nuse:

July 2 – Fran Riordan:

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their nine-game road trip tonight as they plate Game 2 of a five-game set in Omaha against the Storm Chasers (Royals). They’re looking to even the set after a 10-1 loss last night in the opener. They began this trip by sweeping four in Oklahoma City. Tonight Raul Alcantara makes the start and opposes Scott Barlow.

First pitch from Nebraska is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is Friday’s pregame interview with catcher Beau Taylor, who went 2-for-4 with a homer and the game-winning two-run triple on Thursday in OKC. I’ve also included an interview from Wednesday with 1B/OF Nick Martini, who enters play Saturday having reached base safely in 59 consecutive games as a Sound and got his first big league hit and RBI last Saturday for the A’s at the White Sox with many family and friends in the stands from his nearby hometown of Crystal Lake, IL.

June 29 – Beau Taylor:

June 27 – Nick Martini:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Tonight from Downtown Brickton it’s the Sounds and Oklahoma City Dodgers opening a four-game series after a postponement on Monday due to unplayable field conditions. For the Sounds it’s the start of a nine-game road trip that continues Friday in Omaha. Tonight Norge Ruiz, a 24-year-old A’s prospect, makes his Triple-A debut and opposes Brock Stewart.

First pitch from OKC is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is this week’s Monday chat with manager Fran Riordan as well as other recent audio, including my conversation taped last Friday in Chicago with A’s bench coach and former Sounds manager Ryan Christenson, and a conversation from Albuquerque on the last road trip with A’s director of player personnel and assistant GM Billy Owens.

June 26 – Fran Riordan: 

June 23 – Ryan Christenson:

June 19 – Billy Owens:

June 18 – Fran Riordan:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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The Sounds conclude a three-game series tonight in El Paso, looking to take two out of three from the Chihuahuas (Padres) after rallying last night to steal a win behind Nick Martini’s three-run homer. It’s also Game 3 of a seven-game road trip, which continues Saturday in Albuquerque. Tonight Eric Jokisch, originally scheduled to start Saturday on an extra day of rest, moves up a day and fills the spot of Chris Bassitt, who works tonight for the A’s in place of the injured Trevor Cahill. Jokisch opposes former Sound Dillon Overton (’16).

First pitch from The Lone Star State is set for 8:05 pm CT with pregame at 7:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is tonight’s pregame interview with Sounds hitting coach Eric Martins, who discusses Sounds hitters such as Martini, Sheldon Neuse, Franklin Barreto, Jorge Mateo and Ramon Laureano. I’ve also posted several other recent interviews that were overdue to be published.

Martins joined me for an interview doubleheader today. He also was my guest on a new edition of “Rounding Third,” the Sounds’ new Podcast. You can download, subscribe and enjoy that conversation HERE.

June 15 – Eric Martins:

June 13 – Ben Bracewell:

June 11 – Fran Riordan:

June 9 – Rick Rodriguez:

June 8 – Dean Kiekhefer:

June 5 – Fran Riordan:

June 3 – Mike Capps:

June 2 – Sheldon Neuse:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Tonight in Texas it’s Game 3 in a five-game series between the Nashville Honky Tonks (Sounds) and the Round Rock Dance Halls (Express), as the 2nd annual Battle for the Boot has been renewed. Last night the Sounds smashed four homers, including two by Jake Smolinski, to even the series with an 8-6 triumph. Tonight Ben Bracewell comes up from the Double-A Midland and opposes lefty Yohander Mendez.

First pitch from The Lone Star State is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below are some recent pregame interviews you may have missed, including yesterday’s with outfielder Ramon Laureano and tonight’s with reliever J.B. Wendelken, who tossed two scoreless innings last night in the win.

The Sounds recently have also started a new Podcast! It’s called “Rounding Third,” and it’s a chance for me to bring you interviews with players, managers and coaches that cover topics we typically don’t have time to cover on the pregame show of the radio broadcasts. The first one was with manager Fran Riordan, and yesterday I posted one with pitching coach Rick Rodriguez. I hope you’ll check it out and subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes.

June 1 – J.B. Wendelken:

May 31 – Ramon Laureano:

May 29 – Steve Lombardozzi:

May 28 – Fran Riordan:

May 27 – Steve Scarsone:

May 25 – Phil Wood:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Tonight the Sounds concluded their four-game series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, giving me an opportunity I’ll never turn down — the chance to interview former Sound Tim Dillard, who again this year is with Colorado Springs and the Brewers. Dillard pitched for the Sounds for at least part of every season from ’07-’14 and has been with the Brewers for about 99.9% of his accomplished professional career. As many of you know, he’s hilariously entertaining and a great social media follow with the videos he makes with his teammates. Hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. And if you search “Tim Dillard” on this blog, you’ll find all of the previous interviews I’ve done with him. Most of the time in the past other characters “dropped by” those chats.

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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