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MLB roundup: Cubs announce Wrigley renovation deal

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Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said at a news conference Monday that the framework for a $500 million deal to renovate Wrigley Field will bring a world championship to the city.

"If this plan is approved, we will win the World Series for our fans and our city," he said at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs have not won a title since 1908, the longest drought in professional sports.

"We need this project in order to bring our fans a winner," Ricketts added.

The deal, which has been approved by the city, includes an electronic 6,000-square foot video screen that is almost three times bigger than the manual scoreboard at the nearly 100-year-old ballpark.

The club also plans to increase the number of night games there to 40 per season.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday night that the renovation project includes no taxpayer funding.

---The Cincinnati Reds placed right-hander Johnny Cueto on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained lat muscle.

Cueto was injured during his start Saturday at Pittsburgh. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

The club promoted right-hander Justin Freeman from Triple-A Louisville to assume Cueto's roster spot.

---The Cleveland Indians announced that they transferred right-handed pitcher Matt Albers to the family medical emergency list.

In five relief appearances this season, Albers is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA.

The club also completed a minor league trade, acquiring catcher Chris Wallace from the Houston Astros for left-hander Eric Berger.

---The Minnesota Twins called up outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A to replace Wilkin Ramirez, who is on paternity leave.

Arcia was in the starting lineup, batting sixth, on Monday, when he'll make his major-league debut.

--- The Toronto Blue Jays are giving third baseman Brett Lawrie some playing time at second base while he rehabs at Class A Dunedin. If he performs well enough, he could get some time at second base with the Blue Jays.

---Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, who has been sidelined since April 6 with a strained biceps, was cleared to resume throwing. Red Sox manager John Farrell told the Boston Globe that Lackey would start throwing Tuesday, although there is no timetable for Lackey's possible return to the rotation.
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