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Sports media notes: Retirement festivities Sunday for Cardinals' Pujols, Molina to be broadcast

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The much-anticipated final regular-season home game for Cardinals icons Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina takes place on Sunday, and the team’s broadcast outlets plan expanded coverage to include on-field festivities that will honor the players. Bally Sports Midwest’s Dan McLaughlin serves as the master of ceremonies for the event.

On television, BSM’s pregame show is set to begin at noon. Scott Warmann is the host, Ricky Horton is the commentator and Jim Hayes provides reports. Then McLaughlin has the play-by-play of the game, which is to begin at 1:15, alongside analyst Brad Thompson.

Jim Edmonds, who rotates with Thompson in the commentary role, is honeymooning after his recent marriage in Italy, so Thompson is in the booth for the rest of the season. Edmonds, though, might be part BSM’s Cards postseason coverage.

The Cardinals Radio Network, which airs locally on flagship station KMOX (1120 AM), begins its coverage at 12:10 p.m. Joe Pott hosts with Mike Claiborne providing reports. KMOX leads into that with “Sports on a Sunday Morning,” which will be hosted by Tom Ackerman. The baseball-heavy show begins shortly after 10 a.m. Then John Rooney and Horton call the game.

Gates at Busch Stadium are set to open at 10:45 a.m.

Springfield icon in tough battle

Legendary southwest Missouri sportscaster Art Hains has been hospitalized for nearly two weeks as he battles what is believed to be West Nile virus, a mosquito-transmitted illness. He has had difficulty breathing as well as losing feeling in his legs.

The Springfield News-Leader newspaper reported that Hains, 66, was airlifted from a hospital there on Sunday night to KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, which is better equipped to treat his kind of condition.

Joe Hickman of Springfield television station KYTV reported that former MSU athletics director Bill Rowe talked to Hains’ son, Chris, who said that his father recently was able to “open his eyes on the command, which he couldn’t do” before being moved to Kansas City. He quoted Rowe as saying that Chris told him that, “They feel like there is progress. It will be very slow, and we’re all aware that there may be some paralysis from this. He’s still on a ventilator and will be for quite some time, but it seems like every report we’re getting now has more good news, and we certainly think he’s going to be with us. Last week, we didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Hains is the longtime radio voice of Missouri State football, basketball and baseball. He started in 1977, when the school was known as Southwest Missouri State, and has been broadcasting Bears games for all but four years ever since — consecutively since 1985. He also is in his 15th season as part of the Kansas City Chiefs radio coverage crew, and many of his broadcasts have aired on St. Louis radio stations over the years. His was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

He also co-hosts an afternoon drive-time sports-talk radio show in Springfield.

Blues streaming

Bally Sports Midwest is streaming the Blues’ home exhibition games this fall on its app, though they are not high-tech productions. The in-house video feed is being used instead of a BSM production, and the audio comes from the radio broadcast (Chris Kerber on play-by-play with analysis from Joey Vitale).

A subscription to a programming provider that carries BSM, or a direct purchase from Bally, is required to access the games.

The streaming schedule began Thursday. The remaining games to be shown are on Tuesday against Minnesota and on Oct. 8 against Chicago.

In today’s 10 a.m. video, columnist Ben Hochman discusses Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols and more Cardinals to watch for this weekend. Plus, a happy birthday shoutout to Cairo, Ill., native Christopher Jackson from “Hamilton”! And, as always, Hochman picks a random St. Louis Cards card from the hat. Ten Hochman is presented by Window Nation!

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