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Cubs, city agree to renovate Wrigley

Wrigley Field is set for a $500 million renovation that will include a much bigger video screen.

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Wrigley Field is set for a $500 million renovation that will include a much bigger video screen.

CHICAGO — The Cubs and the city of Chicago have agreed on details of a $500 million facelift for Wrigley Field, including an electronic video screen that is nearly three times as large as the one currently atop the centerfield bleachers of the 99-year-old ballpark.

Under terms of the agreement, the Cubs would also be able to increase the number of night games at Wrigley Field from 30 to 40, or nearly half the games played there each season. They would give Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts the ability to renovate the second-oldest park in the major leagues, boost business and perhaps make baseball's most infamous losers competitive again.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed what the sides called a "framework" agreement in a joint statement, noting that it includes no taxpayer funding. That had been one of the original requests of the Ricketts family in a long-running renovation dispute that at times involved cranky ballpark neighbors, ward politics and even the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.

"This framework allows the Cubs to restore the Friendly Confines (of Wrigley) and pursue their economic goals while respecting the rights and quality of life of its neighbors," Emanuel said.

Still uncertain was how the agreement would sit with owners of nearby buildings who provide rooftop views of the games under an agreement with the Cubs that goes back years. They have threatened to sue if the renovations obstruct their view, which they say would drive them out of business.

REDS ACE TO DL: The Reds have lost top starter Johnny Cueto for at least a few weeks because of a strained muscle in his back. The right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list, and RHP Justin Freeman was called up from Triple-A Louisville. Cincinnati is likely to call up LHP Tony Cingrani to start in Cueto's spot on Thursday.

NO SURGERY FOR REYES: Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes won't need surgery on his sprained left ankle but is still expected to miss three months, GM Alex Anthopoulos said. Anthopoulos said Reyes will be in a cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot for another two weeks.

JETER WORKS OUT: Yankees SS Derek Jeter went through limited on-field work at the minor-league complex in Tampa as part of a rehabilitation program for a left ankle injury. Jeter took five rounds of batting practice and fielded 21 grounders at shortstop.

ROBINSON DAY: Norman Berman, 84, the ballboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Marlins-Nationals game in Miami.

SNOWOUT: The Rockies-Mets game in Denver was postponed because of a heavy spring snowstorm. The teams were scheduled to play a split doubleheader today, though forecasts called for additional snow.

MARINERS: RH reliever Stephen Pryor went on the 15-day disabled list with a muscle tear in his back.

MARLINS: Reserve OF Austin Kearns was released from a hospital after complaining of an irregular heartbeat. More tests are planned, but the problem doesn't appear to be serious, manager Mike Redmond said.

PIRATES: RHP Phil Irwin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, and OF Alex Presley was called up.

RED SOX: RHP John Lackey, who suffered a strained right biceps April 6, is expected to begin a throwing program today.

TWINS: OF Oswaldo Arcia, one of the team's top prospects, was called up from Triple-A Rochester to fill in for OF Wilkin Ramirez, who was placed on paternity leave Saturday.

Cubs, city agree to renovate Wrigley 04/15/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:09am]

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