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For those shut out of Dodgers network, 15 spring games on the radio

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So it’s the debut of the Dodgers’ very own, seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day TV channel! Is your heart all aflutter?

Now you can try to satisfy your unquenchable Dodgers fix at 3 a.m., just as you’ve always demanded. Anyway, you can if you’re a Time Warner Cable subscriber.

As it stands, SportsNet LA will debut Tuesday night at 7 to those Southern California homes that subscribe to Time Warner. Would love to offer you an early review Wednesday morning, but alas I’m a DirecTV guy.

The majority of us will be shut out of all TV broadcasts -- and all spring games will be telecast by SportsNet LA -- until Time Warner reaches agreements with all the other pay-TV distributors. Which is pure don’t-hold-your-breath material.

So for the vast majority that will not be able to view the games, there is the radio. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that 15 of their 22 spring games will be broadcast on the radio, beginning with Wednesday’s spring opener against their wannabe rivals, the Diamondbacks.

Rick Monday will be in the booth for all of them, as the play-by-play guy when Charley Steiner is doing TV, and as the color man when Vin Scully is on TV and Steiner moves back to the radio booth. Nomar Garciaparra will act as Monday’s color commentator for five early games.

This rotating radio lineup will work the same way during the season. All road games out of the National League West that Scully doesn’t broadcast on TV will be handled by Steiner, and normally, Orel Hershiser. Scully will still do a simulcast the first three innings, as before.

Additionally, eight spring games will be broadcast on the Dodgers' Spanish-language network. Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela will call the action.

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