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Milwaukee series preview

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Cardinals Friday night game against Milwaukee will be shown on an alternate channel on local TV outlets.

Here's where you can catch the broadcast:

Charter-St. Louis - Channel 3 or 8  

New Wave-Dexter and Sparta - 21

Madison-Madison County - 8

HomeTel-Douglas, Ill - 3

AT&T U-verse - 692

DirecTV - 680

Dish Network - 452

The Cardinals and Brewers will try to break the three-way tie atop the NL Central standings this weekend during a three-game series against Milwaukee.

The Birds will be reunited with former outfielder Jim Edmonds, who went from offering his services to the Cardinals to play for the major league minimum as a fifth outfielder to becoming a quasi starter for Milwaukee after taking the 2009 season off. Other former Cardinals on the Milwaukee roster include reliever Chris Narveson and 2006 World Series winner Jeff Suppan -- although Suppan is currently on the disabled list.

The Cardinals will skip fifth starter Jaime Garcia's first turn in the rotation, letting ace Chris Carpenter leap frog him.

Kyle Lohse will make his season debut tonight against Milwaukee hurler Dave Bush. It's also Bush's first game of the season. Bush was 5-9 with a 6.38 ERA last season with the Brewers while Lohse was an injury-riddled 6-10 with a 4.74 ERA after signing a four-year contract extension with St. Louis.

In game two, Carpenter will face another pitcher fresh off a contract extension, Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo. Carpenter beat the Reds in his season debut and is coming off a second place finish in the Cy Young race. Gallardo is Milwaukee's emerging young ace. He signed a five-year, $30.1 million contract with the Brewers earlier this week. He's 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA this season after one start but he has historically struggles against St. Louis. Carpenter is 1-0 for the season and 4-3 with a 3.73 ERA lifetime against Milwaukee.

Jaime Garcia will start game three against lefty Randy Wolf who signed a $30-million contract with the Brew Crew over the off-season. In the recent past, lefties have been especially tough on the Cardinals, but with only Skip Schumaker and Colby Rasmus batting from the left side amongst St. Louis regulars, maybe that will be different this time around.