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Goat’s head at Wrigley

– Goats that previously appeared at Chicago’s Wrigley Field were alive and kicking.

But not Wednesday, when a goat’s head was left in a box outside the home of the Cubs. The box was addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts.

Ricketts is currently in negotiations with city officials and neighborhood business people about the $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.

Chicago legend says a restaurant owner allegedly cursed the Cubs when they wouldn’t let his pet goat into Wrigley Field.

Around the league

Cincinnati placed left-hander Sean Marshall (left shoulder tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list. … Boston placed right-hander John Lackey (biceps) on the 15-day disabled list and activated shortstop Stephen Drew. In another move, the Red Sox called up right-hander Alex Wilson from Pawtucket. On Tuesday, they optioned shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Triple-A team. … Texas starter Matt Harrison (lower back) was put on the 15-day disabled list. Justin Grimm was recalled from Triple-A to start in Harrison’s spot tonight at Seattle. … Atlanta acquired right-handed reliever Luis Ayala from Baltimore for minor-league left-handed pitcher Chris Jones. … Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed on-field hitting after being shut down last month by left ankle soreness. … The longest home sellout streak in major pro sports history ended at 820 games for Boston against Baltimore. … Baseball created a task force that will study how to increase diversity in the game, especially among black players. Baseball says about 8.5 percent of players on this year’s opening day rosters identified themselves as black.