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The Sounds look to snap a five-game losing streak tonight as they battle the Iowa Cubs in Game 2 of a four-game series and Game 2 of an eight-game homestand. It’s Barry Zito against Carlos Pimentel. First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05, and pregame coverage starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s pregame guest is reliever Fernando Rodriguez, who struck out five batters in a row last night in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He discusses the team’s recent skid, his outing last night and what a successful 2014 season meant to him after missing all of 2013 recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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After going 1-6 on their road trip through New Orleans and Round Rock, the Sounds are back in Nashville tonight. They’ve lost nine of their last 11 overall and got swept in Round Rock after consecutive 5-4 losses Saturday and Sunday. Tonight the Sounds host the Iowa Cubs in the opener of a four-game set. It’s Arnold Leon against Eric Jokisch. First pitch at First Tennessee Park is set for 7:05 and radio coverage on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s pregame interview is our weekly Monday chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the Sounds’ recent success of having guys on base yet struggling to score runs; the addition of Nate Freiman on rehab from Oakland; and how he goes about putting together the lineup each day.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their 9-day road trip tonight as they take on the Round Rock Express at 6:05 CT. Brad Mills, who was with the Rangers and pitched for the Express in 2013, starts for the Sounds, and Anthony Ranaudo goes for Round Rock. First pitch is set for 6:05 CT, and I’ll have your pregame coverage starting at 5:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview with Sounds outfielder Alex Hassan, who just a few days ago was a Round Rock outfielder. If you’ve ever wanted to know what life can be like at Triple-A, Hassan tries to explain some of the frustrating parts. He was with the A’s in spring training and in Nashville in early April ready to be on the Sounds’ Opening Day roster when he was designated for assignment by the A’s (i.e. taken off the Oakland 40-man roster) when they signed Cody Ross (which required a 40-man spot). Once a player is designated, he goes into the waiting game, unable to work out with his previous club while waiting to see if one of the other 29 teams will claim him and put him on their 40-man roster. When Oakland “DFA’d” him in April, the Rangers claimed him and optioned him to Round Rock. Hassan hit .267 in 60 at-bats for the Express and then was DFA’d on April 28. So, he again went into a holding pattern. Today the A’s designated Ross for assignment and reclaimed Hassan off waivers and optioned him to Nashville. So, Hassan is back on the A’s 40-man roster and will be available in a Sounds uniform tonight. It is the fifth time in the last seven months he’s gone through the process. Here’s the synopsis:

  • Originally drafted by Boston and was in Red Sox organization through 2014
  • Claimed by A’s on Nov. 17
  • Designated and claimed by Orioles on Nov. 20
  • Reclaimed by A’s on Feb. 27
  • Designated by A’s on Apr. 8 (day before the Sounds’ season started)
  • Claimed by Rangers on Apr. 9
  • Designated by Rangers Apr. 28
  • Claimed by A’s May 2

Life as a professional ballplayer can be great. But not always. There are a lot of off-the-field components that have to get sorted out when a player is moved up, down, out, over, etc. It’s been understandably frustrating for Hassan the past couple of months, and I give him a ton of credit and appreciation for sitting down to talk about it with everything going on.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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After an off day yesterday, the Sounds continue their eight-game, nine-day road trip tonight as they open a four-game set in Round Rock, Texas, against the Express (Rangers). Barry Zito goes for the Sounds against Jared Eickhoff. First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 with pregame at 6:50. You can also listen on your mobile device via the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Round Rock manager and former Sound Jason Wood (’00-’01), who is in his first year with Round Rock after managing the Rangers’ Double-A Frisco club last year. Wood discusses his club’s 12-7 start to the season, starting his coaching career after an 18-year playing career, and his memories of Greer Stadium and his time with the Sounds.

Round Rock manager and former Sound Jason Wood (Photo courtesy MLB)

Round Rock manager and former Sound Jason Wood (Photo courtesy MLB)

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Jeff

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The Sounds conclude a four-game series in New Orleans this morning — yes, this morning — as they take on the Zephyrs after a rain-suspended game last night. Brad Mills is under the weather so switch-pitcher Pat Venditte is making a spot start against lefty Pat Misch. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. with pregame starting at 10:45 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and TheGameNashville.com. Then it’s an off day Wednesday before the eight-game, nine-day road trip continues Thursday in Round Rock.

With limited pregame time on Monday night, our weekly chat with manager Steve Scarsone comes your way today. Scarsone discusses the severe weather that rolled through New Orleans yesterday and last night, the offense’s struggles to score runs despite numerous opportunities and the first-ever MLB call-up for Max Muncy.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds and OKC Dodgers go at it tonight in Game 3 of their four-game series, and for the Sounds it’s Game 7 of eight on this inaugural homestand at First Tennessee Park. Brad Mills starts for the Sounds, and David Huff goes for OKC, filling in for originally-scheduled starter Mike Bolsinger, who was called up to Los Angeles. First pitch on 94.9 Game 2 is set for 7:05.

Tonight’s interview is with A’s assistant general manager David Forst, in town to watch the Sounds for a couple of games. He discusses his first impressions of First Tennessee Park, the importance the A’s place on winning in the minor leagues and his view on the nine trades involving 27 players the A’s made over the off-season.

Photo courtesy of MLB

Photo courtesy of MLB

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their eight-game homestand at First Tennessee Park tonight as they welcome the Oklahoma City Dodgers to town for a four-game series. It’s a match-up of two first-place clubs, and OKC owns the Pacific Coast League’s best record. Angel Castro goes for the Sounds against Carlos Frias. First pitch is set for 7:05, and I’ll have radio coverage on 94.9 Game 2 and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 6:50.

Tonight’s pregame guest is reliever Brock Huntzinger, who discusses his and the team’s start to the year, his impressions of brand-new First Tennessee Park, his switch a few years to being a full-time reliever and becoming a father a couple of weeks ago with the birth of his daughter, Hudson.

Photo courtesy of MLB / Oakland A's

Photo courtesy of MLB / Oakland A’s

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Jeff

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