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The Sounds conclude a four-game series in Bricktown tonight as they look to take three out of four from the Oklahoma City Dodgers. It’s a great pitching match-up tonight with a pair of prospects facing off. The Sounds go with 23-year-old Paul Blackburn (0-2, 2.25), and the Dodgers counter with the 20-year-old Julio Urias (0-0, 3.24).

First pitch tonight is set for 7:05 with the pregame at 6:50 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is with second baseman Joey Wendle, who discusses his shoulder injury and joining the Sounds on a major league rehab assignment, his at-bats Thursday against his former college teammate Joe Gunkel, and his time in the major leagues last year.

Below the Wendle interview, I’m playing some catch-up in posting other recent interviews, including chats with Ryan Christenson, Zach Neal and Ryan Lavarnway.

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4-17 with manager Ryan Christenson:

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4-18 with right-hander Zach Neal:

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4-19 with catcher Ryan Lavarnway:

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Oklahoma City conclude their four-game series tonight at First Tennessee Park before the Sounds welcome Colorado Springs to town tomorrow to continue the seven-game homestand. Cesar Valdez, who won in Round Rock on Saturday in his season debut, opposes former Atlanta Brave Jair Jurrjens.

First pitch tonight is set for 6:35 with the pregame at 6:20 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is with reliever Tucker Healy, who discusses his start to the season, his time in major league camp this year and his (winning) Super Bowl bet with Matt Olson after the Patriots came back and beat Olson’s beloved Falcons.

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Oklahoma City go at it tonight at First Tennessee Park in Game 3 of their four-game series. The Sounds won, 3-1, on Tuesday in the home opener but fell, 5-0, last night. Tonight Zach Neal makes his second appearance and first start and opposes former Red Sox and Indians right-hander Justin Masterson.

First pitch tonight is set for 6:35 with the pregame at 6:20 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is with Gil Patterson, the minor league pitching coordinator for the Sounds’ parent-club A’s who is in town for several days. He discusses all things Sounds and Triple-A pitching, including Daniel Gossett, Paul Blackburn, Neal and some of the new arms in the organization this year like Michael Brady, Cesar Valdez, Tyler Sturdevant, Josh Smith and Simon Castro.

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Jeff

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After a soggy Tuesday and a 3-1 rain-shortened win in the home opener, the Sounds and Oklahoma City take the field tonight for Game 2 of their four-game set. Daniel Gossett, who gave up one run in five innings last Thursday in the season opener, will make the start tonight. He originally was scheduled to pitch last night, but the Sounds changed their pitching plans after seeing the forecast and dealing with all the rain. Right-hander Wilmer Font goes for the Dodgers.

First pitch tonight is set for 6:35 with the pregame at 6:20 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is with Renato Nunez, who hit his second home run of the season last night in the victory. He discusses his spring training and start to the season, his first-ever major league call-up last year and his friendship with fellow prospect and Venezuelan Franklin Barreto.

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Jeff

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After going 2-3 in their season-starting five-game series in Round Rock, the Sounds are back at First Tennessee Park tonight for the home opener and the start of a seven-game homestand. Daniel Gossett, who gave up one run in five innings last Thursday in the opener, opposes right-hander Trevor Oaks.

First pitch tonight is set for 6:35 with the pregame at 6:20 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is with Keith Lieppman, the longtime director of player development for the Sounds’ parent-club Oakland A’s. He discusses this year’s team, the process of signing minor league free agents each winter, and some names to remember lower in the farm system who could be Sounds soon.

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Jeff

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The Sounds conclude their five-game series tonight in Texas as they try to take three out of five from the Round Rock Express. Hopefully the rainy forecast doesn’t get in the way. Chris Smith, who went 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts for the Sounds last year and made 13 relief appearances for the A’s, makes his season debut and opposes knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa, who played with Sounds outfielder Jaff Decker last year at Triple-A Durham and Tampa Bay for the Rays.

First pitch tonight is set for 7:05 with the pregame at 6:50 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is our weekly “Mondays with the Manager” chat with Ryan Christenson, who discusses the first four games of the year, the status of the injured Matt Chapman, the combo of Franklin Barreto and Decker at the top of the lineup, and facing a knuckleballer.

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Express play Game 3 of their season-starting five-game set tonight in Texas, and each team has won an 11-inning game so far. The Sounds fell, 2-1, on Opening Night but got even last night, 8-6, with some firepower from the offense. Tonight Cesar Valdez makes his season debut after going 12-1 with a 3.12 ERA in this league last year with Fresno (Astros). He opposes veteran Dillon Gee, who went 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA last year for the Royals.

First pitch is set for 6:05 with the pregame at 5:50 on ALT 97.5-FM and the iHeart, MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio apps. Here’s the online audio stream: http://milb.streamguys1.com/nashvillesounds.

Tonight’s interview is with outfielder Jaff Decker, who went 4-for-4 with two walks, two steals, two runs scored and an RBI double in last night’s win. He discusses his great spring training where he almost made the A’s Opening Day roster, his mindset coming in to the season at Triple-A, what was appealing to him about Oakland as a minor league free agent, and the great tribute behind why his name – pronounced Jeff – is spelled J-a-f-f.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

If you want to follow me on Twitter: @JeffHemPBP
If you want to send me an email: JeffH@NashvilleSounds.com
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