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The Sounds continue an eight-game homestand tonight as they wrap up a four-game set with the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins). The Sounds are hoping to avoid a sweep and snap a five-game losing streak as they send Barry Zito (6-7, 3.54) to the mound opposite Jose Urena (6-1, 2.44). First pitch is set for 7:05 on 102.5 The Game, and pregame coverage starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is a weekly chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the Sounds’ losing streak; how he approaches making out his lineup late in the season when regular players need occasional rest; and what the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline can be like for a Triple-A club that may see some roster changes.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds play Game 2 of their four-game series with New Orleans tonight, and it’s the second game of an eight-game homestand. Brad Mills (4-9, 4.09), coming off a seven-inning quality start win in Colorado Springs last Monday, takes the hill against Justin Nicolino (5-6, 3.62). First pitch from First Tennessee Park is set for 6:35, and pregame on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with Friday night’s Sounds starter Cody Martin, who tossed a seven-inning quality start but suffered the loss in a 4-1 final. It was just his fourth outing with the Sounds since being traded from Atlanta to Oakland on July 2. Martin was a reliever for the Braves in the big leagues this year and made their Opening Day roster, and he was a starter for Triple-A Gwinnett when he was sent down a couple of times. He discusses coming to the A’s and Sounds; having current Sounds reliever Aaron Kurcz join him with the A’s from Atlanta just two days after Martin was traded; and the adrenaline and emotions of Opening Day in the major leagues and his debut the next day.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their four-game series in Colorado Springs tonight as they face the Sky Sox (Brewers) in Game 2. The Sounds won the opener last night, 10-5, never trailing. They were up, 3-0, early and then broke a 3-3 tie in the 5th on a three-run homer by Jason Pridie and never looked back. Pridie homered twice, and Brad Mills logged seven innings and gave up two earned runs in the win. The Sounds also turned a triple play, the club’s first since June 2011. The audio and/or video highlights from last night are available HERE.

Tonight it’s Nate Long (1-2, 4.70, 4 starts) against former Sound Tyler Thornburg (2-5, 5.10, 15 starts). First pitch is set for 8:05 CT, and I’ll have pregame coverage on  102.5 The Game starting at 7:50.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone. Normally we chat each Monday, but last night some of the team’s equipment — including my broadcast gear — didn’t arrive at the ballpark until the 3rd inning due to issues with the airlines in Dallas, where the Sounds connected en route from Nashville to The Springs. Scarsone discusses last night’s game and the equipment issues; the four-game split with Omaha coming out of the all-star break; and the great season Pridie has put together in the middle of the Sounds lineup.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their four-game series with Omaha tonight as they square off in Game 3 against the two-time defending league champs. It’s Cody Martin (0-2, 14.21) making his third start for the Sounds and opposing John Lamb (9-1, 2.68), who is back from the Royals after spending yesterday with them as the 26th man for a doubleheader.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds catcher Carson Blair, who is hitting .310 in eight games for the Sounds since coming up from Double-A Midland. Blair is in his first year with the A’s, having spent the first several years of his career with Boston, including last year at Double-A Portland in the Eastern League. Blair discusses his season so far; joining a new club, especially as a catcher trying to learn a new pitching staff; playing in 100-degree heat; and being in the Boston organization in 2013 when the Red Sox won the World Series.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds play Game 4 of their five-game set in Memphis tonight and their second-to-last before the all-star break. It’s Brad Mills (3-9, 3.91) against Tyler Waldron (2-4, 3.24), who is spot starting for Nick Greenwood, who got called up to St. Louis.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez, who tossed a scoreless inning in last night’s loss, his first outing in nearly three weeks due to a forearm strain. He discusses coming back from the issue, getting traded midway through last season, being a natural left-hander who pitches right-hander, and his love for deep-sea fishing.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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After a doubleheader sweep on Thursday night that included seven-inning complete games by Barry Zito (Game 1) and Zach Neal (Game 2), the Sounds are back at it in Memphis tonight with Game 3 in a five-game series. It’s Cody Martin (0-1, 4.15) in his second start for the Sounds since coming to the A’s from Atlanta, and he takes on Thomas Lee (1-1, 3.00), who is back from Double-A to pitch for the Redbirds. First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 with pregame coverage starting at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with Garvin Alston, the minor league pitching coordinator for the Sounds parent-club Oakland A’s. He is filling in for Sounds pitching coach Don Schulze during the Memphis series. It’s always fun to see “G.” He was the pitching coach for the A’s at Single-A Kane County Cougars from ’05-’06, and those were my first two years full-time in this business. Alston discusses his first year as a pitching coordinator (i.e. overseeing all of the pitchers in the A’s system, not just at one affiliate), the outings of Zito and Neal last night, and how the A’s try to measure pitching success in the minor leagues by the end of the season.

Photo courtesy of Oakland A's

Photo courtesy of Oakland A’s

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The Sounds conclude the first leg of their nine-game road trip tonight as the go for a four-game split in Round Rock against the Express before heading to Memphis for five games starting tomorrow. Texas native Nate Long (1-1, 3.09) goes for the Sounds against Martin Perez (0-0, 4.50), who is down from the Rangers on a rehab assignment. First pitch from the Dell Diamond is set for 7:05. I’ll have your broadcast coverage on 102.5 The Game starting at 6:50 CT.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds reliever Dan Otero, who owns a 1.08 ERA (2er/16.2ip) in nine appearances for the Sounds after getting optioned by Oakland on June 5 when switch-pitcher Pat Venditte’s contract was selected. Otero, who spent all of last season and parts of the prior two seasons (including one with the Giants) in the major leagues, had posted a 6.29 ERA in 23 appearances this year for the A’s. He discusses what he’s tried to focus on since coming down, the amazing ride he and the A’s had in 2014, pitching in the MLB post-season, and how players deal with the volume of roster moves that’s inevitable at Triple-A.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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