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The Sounds continue their nine-game road trip tonight as they play Game 3 of a four-game set in Round Rock against the Express. The Sounds won the opener on Saturday, 7-4, in 10 innings on the 4th of July, and Round Rock got even, 4-2, last night. Tonight it’s Brad Mills (3-8, 3.57), a former Round Rock pitcher, against Jerad Eickhoff (6-3, 4.23). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05, and pregame starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s Monday chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone. Last week Scarsone and I discussed how busy this time of year can be for transactions on a Triple-A roster — trades, promotions, demotions, opt-out clauses, releases, etc. Well, in the last week or so 13 different Nashville Sounds have been involved in a roster move, including today when the A’s traded Sounds lefty Ryan Verdugo to the Angels in exchange for cash. That clears a spot for Nate Freiman, who rejoins the Sounds active roster after going through the waiver process when the A’s designated him for assignment last week. Scarsone discusses his and players’ approaches to roster moves at Triple-A. Here’s what’s happened in the past week or so:

Chris Bassitt — up to Oakland to fill in for Sonny Gray; expected back to start Friday in Memphis

Sean Nolin — to DL (left shoulder)

Cody Martin — acquired by A’s from Atlanta; started Sunday night for the Sounds in Round Rock

Aaron Kurcz — acquired by A’s from Atlanta on Monday (not yet on Sounds roster but expected to be)

Parker Frazier — acquired by A’s from Arizona for cash and started last Thursday for the Sounds

Carson Blair — added from Double-A Midland

Luke Carlin — released by A’s organization

Nate Freiman — designated for assignment by A’s when Cody Martin was acquired; back with Sounds

Ryan Verdugo — traded by A’s to Angels on Monday

Andy Parrino — temporarily inactive with Sounds while competing for USA Baseball in Pan-Am Games

Nate Long — added from Double-A Midland

Max Muncy — optioned to Sounds last week when Chris Bassitt was recalled

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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After knocking out four home runs — including back-to-back-to-back shots — and 14 hits and never trailing in a 7-4, 10-inning win last night on the 4th of July, the Sounds are back at it tonight in Round Rock against the Express. It’s Game 2 of a four-game series in Texas a nine-game road trip that moves to Memphis on Wednesday. The Sounds have won eight of their last 12 overall as they send newcomer Cody Martin to the mound against Phil Klein. Martin was acquired Thursday by Oakland from Atlanta in exchange for international bonus slot #53. This season the right-hander was a reliever (2-3, 5.40, 21 appearances) in the major leagues for the Braves and a starter at Triple-A Gwinnett (1-3, 2.10, 7 games, 6 starts). First pitch is set for 7:05 from Dell  Diamond, with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds hitting coach Webster Garrison, who is in his 15th season as a coach or manager in the A’s farm system. It’s his first year at Triple-A after several years at Double-Midland for the A’s. “Webby” discusses last night’s Sounds win, his role as a hitting coach when a player is hot or not, hitting in Round Rock and other spots in Texas and some of the best pure hitters he’s worked with during his time with the A’s.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their eight-game homestand tonight as they look to take three out of four from the Oklahoma City Dodgers before the Colorado Springs Sky Sox come to town Tuesday night. Tonight it’s Zach Neal (5-3, 3.94) against former A’s farmhand Deck McGuire (3-2, 3.40). First pitch is set for 7:05 with pregame on 102.5 The Game starting at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s Monday chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the team’s additions of Jake Smolinski and Dayan Viciedo, what can happen with a Triple-A club at this team of year as far as roster movement, and the presence of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who works for the A’s as an instructor and has been in town the past few days to watch the Sounds.

June 30 – Weekly chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds look for a four-game win streak tonight as they face the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Game 3 of a four-game set. It’s Barry Zito (5-6, 3.94) against Scott Baker (6-3, 3.66). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 6:35, and pregame starts at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with Hall of Famer and all-time stolen base king Rickey Henderson, who is in town to watch the Sounds for a few days as part of his instructor role with the Sounds’ parent-club Oakland A’s. Henderson discusses his role with the A’s, the art of base stealing and the pure love of the game he had as he played into his 40s.

June 28 – Chat with Hall of Famer and Oakland A’s roving instructor Rickey Henderson

Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, shown coaching first base for the Sounds. (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, shown coaching first base for the Sounds. (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Hall of Famer and "Man of Steal" Rickey Henderson

Hall of Famer and “Man of Steal” Rickey Henderson

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their eight-game homestand tonight as they play Game 2 of a four-game set against Oklahoma City. Sean Nolin (1-1, 2.89) is scheduled to face Ian Thomas (3-0, 5.30). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 6:35 with pregame at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds outfielder Craig Gentry, who discusses the team’s wild walk-off win on Friday, his recent power surge with three home runs in his last nine games, the mental battle of the Triple-A level and the art of stealing bases.

June 27 – Chat with Sounds outfielder Craig Gentry

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their three-game series in Memphis today with Game 2, an afternoon affair from Autozone Park starting at 11:35 a.m. Pregame on 102.5 The Game is set for 11:20. Zach Neal (5-2, 3.14), back in the Sounds’ rotation with A.J. Griffin on the disabled list, starts for the Sounds against Zack Petrick (4-4, 4.07).

Today’s interview is with the newest Sound, Jake Smolinski. The outfielder was claimed by the A’s off waivers from the Rangers on Sunday, optioned to the Sounds, and added to the roster prior to last night’s game, during which he went 2-for-4 with a key two-run single in the eighth inning. Smolinski discusses coming to a new team and organization, the process for a player off the field when he has to move to a new club and how he basically lived out of his car last year when he got called up to the Rangers for the first time.

June 24 – Chat with Sounds outfielder Jake Smolinski

Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers / MLB

Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers / MLB

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Jeff

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The Sounds and the Memphis Redbirds continue their three-game series tonight, and for the Sounds it’s Game 3 of a seven-game homestand. Barry Zito (4-5, 3.77) is set to face Tim Cooney (5-3, 2.80). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05 with pregame at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with Souns left-hander Sean Nolin, the starter and winner from last night’s 7-1 victory. Nolin describes his outing last night and season to this point, which has involved coming back from off-season sports hernia surgery and a brief stint on the disabled list recently due to a groin strain; the great work by the Sounds’ starting rotation this season; and Nolin’s brief stint as a 12-year-old left-handed catcher.

June 17 – Chat with Sounds left-hander Sean Nolin

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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