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How to find Thursday’s Cardinals split squad games

With the St. Louis Cardinals playing simultaneous split squad games on Thursday afternoon, it can get a little confusing as to where one can listen in or watch.

While I have provided a master schedule of Cardinals spring games on radio and television, I am getting questions about how to access them. With Thursday being the first of 10 televised St. Louis games this spring, I thought this would be a good time to go into more detail.

First of all, the basics. One Cardinals squad is remaining home in Jupiter, Fla. to face the visiting Washington Nationals. The rest of the team is traveling the 30-some miles to Port St. Lucie to take on the New York Mets. As is customary in the spring, both games start just after 1:00 P.M. Eastern.

In an interesting twist, the home game will be available on radio only while they away game is exclusively being televised. The other options are not available.

Nationals-Cardinals on audio only

The Nationals-Cardinals game audio will be on KMOX, XM satellite radio 186 and MLB Gameday Audio.

The audio originates from KMOX radio in St. Louis with the familiar voices of Mike Shannon and John Rooney expected on the call. The game will be available over the air via the 50,000 watt 1120 AM as well as selected stations in the Cardinals network. These are local decisions, so you’ll have to check in your town if your nearby radio affiliate is covering the game. You’ll have a better chance finding weekend games on your local Cardinals network station in the spring.

Though some radio stations like KMOX offer live streaming of their programming over the internet, you won’t be able to listen to baseball games that way. Due to MLB regulations, stations are not allowed to stream Major League games. Period.

There are at least two pay routes to listen to games.

XM satellite radio will be picking up the radio broadcast on channel 186.

MLB Gameday Audio is another subscription service that offers home and away radio broadcasts over the internet for spring and regular season games. There are never any blackouts with audio. One neat feature is that games are archived so if you miss the live event, you can come back that evening and listen to the “tape”. You can either subscribe to MLB Gameday Audio separately for $19.95 per season, or it is included in the price of MLB.TV. More on that in a moment.

Cardinals-Mets on television only

Thursday’s Cardinals-Mets game will be televised live on SportsNet New York or SNY. I don’t know who is assigned to work the game today, but their regular season booth is Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and former Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez.

If you subscribe to a sports package from your cable or satellite provider, you may have the SNY channel. This is the only way to see the 1 PM ET/noon CT game live on television.

A general comment. One good thing about spring television broadcasts is that the normal regular season blackouts are not enforced. Otherwise, those outside the SNY viewing area would not be able to see the game even if you have the channel. In other words, this route works great in March, but come April, you’ll be blacked out.

The Cards-Mets telecast will also be live over the internet on MLB.TV, a pay service. Like MLB Gameday Audio, game broadcasts are also archived for later viewing. This is the only way to watch games after the fact on-demand. The MLB.TV offering costs either $119.95 or $99.95 per season depending on the features you want.

Today’s game will be run on a three-hour delayed basis on MLB Network, starting at 4 PM ET/3 PM CT. This channel is included in many but not all satellite and cable packages. If you don’t have MLB Network, you don’t know what you are missing. It is excellent.

As always, you can find lineups, links to live in-game stats and all-day chatter on special threads for each day’s game (or in today’s case, games) at The Cardinal Nation message board.

If after reading this, you still have questions, please post them below.

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