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The Sounds continue their eight-game California trip tonight as they take on the Sacramento River Cats (Giants) in Game 2 of a four-game series. The Sounds continued to belt the ball out of the ballpark last night in a 6-0 win. They hit a pair of home runs and now have 53 on the season — T-1st in the minors — and 35 in May — most in pro baseball. Tonight Chris Bassitt (1-0, 4.00) makes his third rehab appearance and takes on Michael Roth (2-3, 4.54).

First pitch tonight is set for 9:05 CT with the pregame at 8:50 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 Northern California native Paul Blackburn, who tossed six shutout innings last night in the win in front of a lot of family and friends. He discusses coming home, his season so far, the development of his great sinker and change-up, and his memories of the A’s and Giants as a kid growing up in the Bay Area.

Below the Blackburn interview is Friday’s interview with infielder and top prospect Franklin Barreto (with special thanks to Renato Nunez, who served as translator). Barreto discusses his season so far, what he’s trying to improve, and whether he feels additional pressure being such a highly-touted prospect.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their eight-game California trip tonight as they conclude a four-game series in Fresno trying to take three out of four from the Fresno Grizzlies (Astros). The Sounds lost a heartbreaker yesterday, unable to hold a pair of late leads. Tonight Daniel Mengden, a former Astros farmhand, makes his third rehab start and faces some old teammates while opposing Trent Thornton (1-1, 2.60).

First pitch today is set for 9:05 CT with the pregame at 8:50 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 Fresno second baseman, Franklin native and former Vanderbilt start Tony Kemp, who discusses his season so far, getting the news of his first-ever big league call-up last year while in Nashville playing the Sounds, and why Vanderbilt is such a special place for him and his fellow former Commodores.

Photo courtesy Fresno Grizzlies

Photo courtesy Vanderbilt Commodores

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their eight-game California trip tonight as they play Game 2 in a four-game set against the Fresno Grizzlies. The Sounds got homers from Matt Olson and Bruce Maxwell last night and five solid innings in a rehab start from Chris Bassitt in a 4-1 win in the opener. Tonight Jharel Cotton makes his ’17 Sounds debut and opposes David Martinez (1-4, 6.67).

First pitch today is set for 8:35 CT with the pregame at 8:20 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 Oakland A’s player development director Keith Lieppman, who discusses Bassitt’s outing last night, the play of Franklin Barreto and Renato Nunez and who is playing well at Double-A Midland that may find Nashville later in the season.

Below the Lieppman interview you’ll find yesterday’s weekly Monday chat with manager Ryan Christenson.

Photo courtesy Oakland A’s

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds conclude an eight-game, nine-day homestand today as they host Albuquerque in a Mother’s Day matinee. The Sounds are looking to take three out of four after the began the homestand by dropping three out of four against El Paso. Last night the Sounds won, 7-3, on the strength of three home runs, including two by Matt Olson.  Today Paul Blackburn (1-3, 3.52) faces veteran Barry Enright, who makes his ’17 Isotopes debut.

First pitch today is set for 2:05 with the pregame at 1:50 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.

Today’s interview is with Daniel Mengden, who made his second start last night in a Sounds uniform on a rehab assignment from Oakland. He discusses his performance last night, coming back from the February foot surgery and what he learned during a great 2016 that included his major league debut.

Below the Mengden interview you’ll find other audio from this past week.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

May 13 – 1B/OF Chris Parmelee

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May 12 – Right-hander Chris Bassitt

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May 9 – Outfielder Jaycob Brugman

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May 8 – Manager Ryan Christenson

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds and El Paso continue their four-games series today at First Tennessee Park with Game 2. The Sounds come in having won seven of their last 10 after a come-from-behind 7-3 win last night. Matt Chapman homered again, and Ryan Lavarnway broke a tie in the 8th with a three-run double. Today Raul Alcantara (0-0, 0.00) faces Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.52).

First pitch today is set for 2:05 with the pregame at 1:50 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.

Todayi’s interview is with Chapman, who owns a five-game hitting streak with four homers and eight RBIs during the run. He discusses his and the team’s power lately, getting his timing back after spending a couple weeks on the disabled list and what he’s grown to enjoy the most about playing third base after being a shortstop in college.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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It’s the Honky Tonks (Sounds) and the Dance Halls (Express) tonight in Round Rock in the finale of a four-game series and Game 1 in this year’s #BattleForTheBoot series. More on the new rivalry series can be found HERE. The Sounds are looking to take three of four in Texas before they’re back at First Tennessee Park tomorrow for an eight-game nine-day homestand. Tonight Zach Neal (1-2, 4.87) faces Tyler Wagner (0-3, 9.55).

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 Sounds hitting coach Eric Martins, who discusses a Sounds offense that has launched 17 home runs in the last seven games — the team is 6-1 in that span — and offers insight on several individuals, including Franklin Barreto, Matt Chapman, Renato Nunez, Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Mark Canha.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Thursday’s interview with interim pitching coach Bryan Corey, as he fills in for Rick Rodriguez:

Wednesday’s interview with right-hander Michael Brady:

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Jeff

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The Sounds and New Orleans play Game 4 of their five-game series today at First Tennessee Park, and the Sounds have already taken the series after another rout last night. Today Zach Neal (1-2, 4.87) faces Scott Copeland (2-2, 5.89).

First pitch today is set for 2:05 with the pregame at 1:50 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.

Today’s interview is with Sounds first baseman Matt Olson, who discusses his start to the season, going to the big leagues earlier this year but not playing every day like he does with the Sounds, his first-ever call-up last year, and his recent facial hair popularity.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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