Red Sox coming to Wrigley Field in 2012


Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011
Posted: 10:09 a.m.Updated: 10:26 a.m.

By Patrick Mooney Cubs InsiderFollow @CSNMooneyREAD: Dempster wants to finish strongREAD: In this division, next Cubs GM will have a chance

CINCINNATIFor one weekend in May, almost the entire Cubs front office relocated to Boston, soaking in the scene and seeing how the Red Sox have transformed Fenway Park. The Cubs want to copy that business model.

It remains to be seen whether the Cubs can lure someone from Yawkey Way to run their baseball operations. But Red Sox Nation will take over Wrigley Field for three days next season, (June 15-17), the highlight of the tentative 2012 schedule released Wednesday.

The Cubs will open next season at home on April 5 against the Washington Nationals, followed by a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Their first road trip will take them to St. Louis (April 13-15) and the new Marlins stadium in Miami (April 17-19).

The interleague part of the schedule will again feature two crosstown series against the White Sox (May 18-20 at home, June 18-20 at U.S. Cellular Field). The Cubs will also make their first trip to Minnesotas Target Field (June 8-10) and host the Detroit Tigers (June 12-14).

The Red Sox, who havent played at Wrigley Field since 2005, will be there on Fathers Day. The Cubs will also get holiday gates on Easter Sunday (vs. the Nationals) and Memorial Day (vs. the San Diego Padres). They will be in Milwaukee for Mothers Day, in Atlanta for the Fourth of July and in Washington on Labor Day.

The Cubs have been lobbying to host an All-Star Game, but that is unlikely before renovations to Wrigley Field are complete. Next years event will be in Kansas City on July 10.

Patrick Mooney is's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

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