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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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The Sounds continue their four-game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs tonight as they try to snap a two-game skid and take Game 3. The series leads into the three-day all-star break, and then the Sounds hit the road for eight starting next Thursday in El Paso. . The Sounds have lost eight of their last nine games after dropping a rain-shortened affair last night, and their lead atop the division remains 2.0 over Round Rock but now just 4.0 over Memphis and 4.5 over these Zephyrs. Tonight Chris Smith (5-6, 3.90) opposes veteran Jeremy Guthrie (5-5, 7.20). The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 7:05 CT with 6:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with catcher Carson Blair, who discusses coming back to the Sounds, the oblique injury that forced him to miss about two months at Double-A Midland, and his major league debut last year, including the home run in his home state of Texas that was his first major league hit.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their four-game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs tonight as they take the field for Game 2 in a series that leads into the all-star break. The Sounds have lost seven of eight and still hold a 2.0-game lead atop the division after a 1-0 loss last night.  Tonight Zach Neal (6-1, 2.61) faces Dylan Axelrod (5-4, 4.09), and the first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 7:05 CT with 6:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with longtime Oakland A’s minor league instructor Juan Navarrete, who serves as a coordinator overseeing defense, bunting and baserunning for A’s minor leaguers. We caught with him a few weeks ago when he was in town, and this time he discusses filling in as hitting coach for Eric Martins in this series and as manager for Steve Scarsone coming up in El Paso, the defense and versatility of Max Muncy, what Winter Ball is like and can do for a player’s career, and the honor of being inducted in the Mexico Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

A's minor league defensive instructor Juan Navarrete, shown with the Charros de Jalisco

A’s minor league defensive instructor Juan Navarrete, shown with the Charros de Jalisco

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Jeff

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