Spring Training 2020 Schedule: Which Games Are on TV Wednesday and Thursday?

The MLB spring training games continue apace this week, with 32 games scheduled over Wednesday and Thursday.

The pick of the crop on Wednesday is arguably the matchup between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida.

The Yankees lost their first two spring training games, falling 2-1 against the Toronto Blue Jays and 9-7 against the Tampa Bay Rays, but earned a 3-3 draw against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Gerrit Cole made his spring training debut against the Pirates, striking out Bryan Reynolds and Josh Bell.

The 29-year-old was the Yankees' biggest offseason addition, as he signed a record nine-year deal worth $324 million—the richest for a pitcher in terms of both total money and annual average salary and the fourth largest in MLB history.

The Nationals, meanwhile, lost against the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins after winning their opening spring training game against the Houston Astros in their first meeting since the 2019 World Series.

The Astros, meanwhile, take on both the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Houston picked up its first win of spring training on Monday as it demolished Detroit 11-1 in Lakeland, Florida.

Just as was the case in the game against the Nationals, the Astros were loudly booed for their involvement in the sign-stealing scandal that has rocked the sport over the winter.

All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve received a particularly hostile reception, with fans booing his introduction and cheering when he struck out.

Altuve, however, insisted the boos and jeers hadn't bothered him or his teammates.

"We were focused on playing baseball," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"We know that we need to go on the field and get ready and prepared for the coming season. That's what we're thinking about right now.''

Houston has become public enemy No. 1 in the MLB since a report released in November by The Athletic revealed the Astros had illegally used technology to decipher their opponents' signs during the 2017 season—when the team won the World Series—and during the part of the following campaign. The signs were then relayed to Houston batters in real time by banging on a garbage can.

In the aftermath, the league fined the Astros a record $5 million and banned Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch—who were subsequently fired by the organization—but opted not to punish the players.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox face the Pirates, while the Angels take on the Dodgers in an all-Los Angeles affair.

On Thursday, meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs face the Texas Rangers and the Milwaukee Brewers play the Kansas City Royals.

Not all the 32 matchups scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday will be broadcast live and none of those scheduled for broadcast will be available nationwide.

Here's a rundown of the spring training games broadcast on TV on Wednesday and Thursday (SS denotes a split squad, which means a particular team may be playing two games against different opponents simultaneously.)

All times are listed as E.T.

Wednesday, February 26

  • St. Louis Cardinals @ Houston Astros (SS)—1:05 p.m., ATT SportsNet South West, MLB Network (out of market only)
  • Atlanta Braves @ Baltimore Orioles—1:05 p.m., MLB Network, MASN
  • Boston Red Sox @ Pittsburgh Pirates—1:05 p.m., ATT SportsNet-Pittsburgh
  • Washington Nationals @ New York Yankees—1:05 p.m., YES
  • Houston Astros (SS) @ New York Mets—1:10 p.m., SNY
  • Kansas City Royals (SS) @ Chicago Cubs—3:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network
  • Los Angeles Angels @ Los Angeles Dodgers—3:05 p.m., FOX Sports West, SportsNet LA
  • Seattle Mariners @ Cincinnati Reds—3:05 p.m., FOX Sports Ohio

Thursday, February 27

  • Tampa Bay Rays (SS) @ New York Yankees—1:05 p.m., MLB Network (out of market only), FOX Sports Sun
  • Chicago Cubs @ Texas Rangers—3:05 p.m., Marquee Sports Network
  • Los Angeles Dodgers @ Cleveland Indians—3:05 p.m., SportsNet LA, SportsTime Ohio
  • Kansas City Royals @ Milwaukee Brewers—3:05 p.m., FOX Sports Wisconsin
  • San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Angels—3:10 p.m., FOX Sports West
  • Houston Astros @ Washington Nationals—6:05 p.m., ATT SportsNet South West, MLB Network (out of market only), YES
Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees
Gerrit Cole #45 of the New York Yankees speaks with New Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake prior to the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Steinbrenner Field on February 24 in Tampa, Florida. Mark Brown/Getty
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