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Tonight from Downtown Brickton it’s the Sounds and Oklahoma City Dodgers opening a four-game series after a postponement on Monday due to unplayable field conditions. For the Sounds it’s the start of a nine-game road trip that continues Friday in Omaha. Tonight Norge Ruiz, a 24-year-old A’s prospect, makes his Triple-A debut and opposes Brock Stewart.

First pitch from OKC is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is this week’s Monday chat with manager Fran Riordan as well as other recent audio, including my conversation taped last Friday in Chicago with A’s bench coach and former Sounds manager Ryan Christenson, and a conversation from Albuquerque on the last road trip with A’s director of player personnel and assistant GM Billy Owens.

June 26 – Fran Riordan: 

June 23 – Ryan Christenson:

June 19 – Billy Owens:

June 18 – Fran Riordan:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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The Sounds conclude a three-game series tonight in El Paso, looking to take two out of three from the Chihuahuas (Padres) after rallying last night to steal a win behind Nick Martini’s three-run homer. It’s also Game 3 of a seven-game road trip, which continues Saturday in Albuquerque. Tonight Eric Jokisch, originally scheduled to start Saturday on an extra day of rest, moves up a day and fills the spot of Chris Bassitt, who works tonight for the A’s in place of the injured Trevor Cahill. Jokisch opposes former Sound Dillon Overton (’16).

First pitch from The Lone Star State is set for 8:05 pm CT with pregame at 7:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is tonight’s pregame interview with Sounds hitting coach Eric Martins, who discusses Sounds hitters such as Martini, Sheldon Neuse, Franklin Barreto, Jorge Mateo and Ramon Laureano. I’ve also posted several other recent interviews that were overdue to be published.

Martins joined me for an interview doubleheader today. He also was my guest on a new edition of “Rounding Third,” the Sounds’ new Podcast. You can download, subscribe and enjoy that conversation HERE.

June 15 – Eric Martins:

June 13 – Ben Bracewell:

June 11 – Fran Riordan:

June 9 – Rick Rodriguez:

June 8 – Dean Kiekhefer:

June 5 – Fran Riordan:

June 3 – Mike Capps:

June 2 – Sheldon Neuse:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Tonight in Texas it’s Game 3 in a five-game series between the Nashville Honky Tonks (Sounds) and the Round Rock Dance Halls (Express), as the 2nd annual Battle for the Boot has been renewed. Last night the Sounds smashed four homers, including two by Jake Smolinski, to even the series with an 8-6 triumph. Tonight Ben Bracewell comes up from the Double-A Midland and opposes lefty Yohander Mendez.

First pitch from The Lone Star State is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below are some recent pregame interviews you may have missed, including yesterday’s with outfielder Ramon Laureano and tonight’s with reliever J.B. Wendelken, who tossed two scoreless innings last night in the win.

The Sounds recently have also started a new Podcast! It’s called “Rounding Third,” and it’s a chance for me to bring you interviews with players, managers and coaches that cover topics we typically don’t have time to cover on the pregame show of the radio broadcasts. The first one was with manager Fran Riordan, and yesterday I posted one with pitching coach Rick Rodriguez. I hope you’ll check it out and subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes.

June 1 – J.B. Wendelken:

May 31 – Ramon Laureano:

May 29 – Steve Lombardozzi:

May 28 – Fran Riordan:

May 27 – Steve Scarsone:

May 25 – Phil Wood:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Tonight the Sounds concluded their four-game series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, giving me an opportunity I’ll never turn down — the chance to interview former Sound Tim Dillard, who again this year is with Colorado Springs and the Brewers. Dillard pitched for the Sounds for at least part of every season from ’07-’14 and has been with the Brewers for about 99.9% of his accomplished professional career. As many of you know, he’s hilariously entertaining and a great social media follow with the videos he makes with his teammates. Hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. And if you search “Tim Dillard” on this blog, you’ll find all of the previous interviews I’ve done with him. Most of the time in the past other characters “dropped by” those chats.

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Tonight the Sounds are continuing their nine-game homestand with Game 3 against Colorado Springs. Eric Jokisch opposes Alec Asher. First pitch is set from First Tennessee Park is set for 6:35 pm CT with pregame at 6:20 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Time to play audio catch-up. Here are recent pregame interviews from the radio broadcasts.

May 23 – A’s farm director Keith Lieppman:

May 22 – Sounds outfielder Jake Smolinski:

May 21 – Sounds manager Fran Riordan:

May 18 – Sounds catcher Dustin Garneau:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Today the Sounds wrap up their four-game series in Memphis with their third consecutive afternoon game. It’s an 11:05 a.m. CT first pitch from AutoZone Park with the Sounds trying to take three out of four. They dropped a tough 2-1 game yesterday with missed opportunities on offense and eight sparkling innings from Frankie Montas.

Today it’s Daniel Gossett against Austin Gomber, who is starting in place of Jack Flaherty, who was called up by the Cardinals to start for them tonight in Minnesota.

First pitch today from downtown Memphis is set for 11:05 am CT with pregame at 10:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

May 14 – Manager Fran Riordan:

May 13 – Catcher Josh Phegley:

May 12 – A’s minor league hitting coordinator Jim Eppard:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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Catching up on posting some audio, here are recent pregame interviews with A’s infield/defense instructor Juan Navarrete, infielder Franklin Barreto, lefty reliever Jeremy Bleich and right-hander Kendall Graveman, who is back with the A’s now.

May 11 – Juan Navarrete:

May 10 – Franklin Barreto:

May 9 – Jeremy Bleich:

May 8 – Kendall Graveman:

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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