Additional security measures on tap at Wrigley

PITTSBURGH -- The Cubs open their last homestand of the season on Monday when they play host to the Reds at Wrigley Field, and fans should be prepared for extra security screening.

Starting Monday, the Cubs will conduct metal-detector screenings of fans entering the ballpark. It's part of a league-wide initiative to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. These security screenings are in addition to the current bag checks in place, and they will be uniform throughout the league in 2015.

On Sept. 24, the Cubs' last home game, players will give away autographed baseballs to fans before the game. There will be fan appreciation giveaways on Cubs' social media throughout the week as well.

On Sept. 19, the Cubs will pay tribute to longstanding radio partner WGN Radio before the game and during the seventh-inning stretch. On April 14, 1925, WGN broadcast its first regular-season Cubs game when Chicago beat Pittsburgh, 8-2. WGN carried the Cubs from 1925-43, then served as the exclusive radio home for the team from 1958-2014.

The Cubs announced earlier this season that WBBM 780-AM will be the team's new flagship radio station beginning in 2015.

Fans with tickets to the Cubs vs. Dodgers on Sept. 20 game should note FOX has selected the game for its "Game of the Week" broadcast, and the start time has been moved up to 12:05 p.m. CT. It was originally scheduled as a 3:05 p.m. CT start, so don't be late.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.