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The Sounds continue an eight-game California road trip tonight as they take on the Fresno Grizzlies in Game 2 of a four-game series. The Sounds look to avenge a 10-2 loss last night as they give the ball to Zach Neal, up from Double-A Midland to take the rotation spot of Kendall Graveman, who will start for Oakland on Saturday in Tampa Bay. Neal opposes Brady Rodgers (2-2, 5.45). First pitch is set for 9:05 CT with pregame on 102.5 The Game starting at 8:50.

Tonight’s interview is with A’s minor league hitting instructor Greg Sparks, who is the Sounds’ acting manager for the Fresno series with Steve Scarsone back in Arizona for his son’s high school graduation. Sparks spent the past three seasons as the A’s Triple-A hitting coach at Sacramento following eight seasons (’04-’11) as hitting coordinator. He discusses filling in as a manager; the Sounds’ struggles to score and win so far this season; the plan this weekend for rehabbing A’s Ben Zobrist and Sean Doolittle, who are with the Sounds beginning tonight; and some of the hitters at other levels in the A’s system.

Photo courtesy Oakland A’s

Photo courtesy Oakland A’s

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The Sounds conclude a four-game home series against New Orleans tonight as they take the field at 7:05 at First Tennessee Park. The Sounds are looking to split the series after falling, 4-1, on Monday night. Tonight Sean Nolin (0-0, 0.00) goes to the mound for the Sounds against lefty Adam Conley (3-2, 3.89). Pregame on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:50.

 Tonight’s interview is with Sounds outfielder Jason Pridie, who is hitting .330 over his last 26 games and .282 overall this season. He discusses his and the team’s season so far, his impressions of First Tennessee Park, and comparing ballparks in the Pacific Coast League to the International League, where he has played for seven of the nine seasons he’s played at Triple-A.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

 

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The Sounds and Zephyrs play Game 3 of their four-game series tonight as they take the field at First Tennessee Park at 7:05. Each team has won a game so far. The Sounds lost, 7-5, on Saturday night in an 18-inning, 5 1/2-hour marathon but rebounded Sunday, 6-2, behind seven excellent innings from Kendall Graveman. Tonight it’s Brad Mills (1-4, 5.06) against Jose Urena (3-0, 1.19), the Pacific Coast League’s ERA leader. Pregame at 102.5 The Game starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s Monday chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the first two games of the series, including how a manager has to deal with extra innings in the minor leagues, and the Sounds’ continuing comfort level in their new home park.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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After losing, 7-5, last night in a 5 hour, 26 minute 18-inning marathon, the Sounds are back at it today at 2:05 in Game 2 of a four-game set against the New Orleans Zephyrs. Kendall Graveman (1-1, 2.60) will take on left-hander Justin Nicolino (3-0, 1.55). Pregame on 102.5 The Game is set for 1:50 p.m.

Today’s pregame guest is former Sound and current Zephyr, Vinny Rottino, who played in over 300 games for the Sounds from ’05-’08 when he was in the Brewers system, including May 5, 2006, when the Sounds and Zephyrs played a 24-inning game that lasted over eight hours and took two days to complete because of curfew rules. Rottino discusses that game, last night’s game and his memories as a Sound.

Vinny Rottino played in 351 games for the Sounds from '05-'08

Vinny Rottino played in 351 games for the Sounds from ’05-’08

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The Sounds conclude a four-game series in Iowa tonight as they try to split the set with the I-Cubs at Principal Park. Arnold Leon (0-2, 4.43) looks for this third straight quality start and faces Eric Jokisch (1-1, 3.38), who beat Leon in a 2-1 final last homestand. First pitch is set for 7:08 CT with pregame getting underway at 6:53. Then the Sounds head back to Nashville to face New Orleans on Saturday night at 6:35  at First Tennessee Park.

Tonight’s interview is with infielder Ryan Roberts, who is hitting .290 in 16 games with the Sounds since signing a minor league free agent deal with the A’s in late April. He was in spring training with the Royals before getting released and going home to stay in shape and look to sign elsewhere. Roberts discusses that process, how he feels since joining the A’s and Sounds and his memorable 2011 season with the Diamondbacks that included a post-season appearance and the creation of his “Tatman” nickname for his 25+ plus tattoos (HERE is an interview Roberts did in 2011 about his tattoos).

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Ryan Roberts shown with Arizona where he was given the nickname "Tatman"

Ryan Roberts shown with Arizona where he was given the nickname “Tatman”

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The Sounds continue a four-game series in Iowa today as they face the I-Cubs in Game 2. The Sounds led the whole way last night in a 6-3 win to take the opener. First pitch today is set for 12:08 CT with pregame on 102.5 The Game at 11:53 a.m. It’s Ryan Verdugo (1-3, 4.00) taking on Iowa ace Donn Roach (4-0, 2.17).

Today’s interview is with last night’s Sounds starter and winner, Brad Mills, who tossed his second straight quality start and the Sounds’ sixth in the last nine games. Mills discusses his start and the rotation’s start to the season, his return to the Sounds (via the A’s) after pitching for the Sounds last season (via the Brewers), his civil engineering degree, and comparing Greer Stadium to First Tennessee Park (spoiler alert: there’s no real comparison).

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Apologies for the belated post, but here is this week’s Monday chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the team’s improved play of late going into the homestand finale, the steadiness of Sounds second baseman Joey Wendle and the addition of Craig Gentry from Oakland.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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