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Quade vows he isn’t the ‘Twittering’ type

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



PHOENIX — The man in the big-shot office might have changed, but there’s still no chance of the Cubs manager running afoul of Major League Baseball’s Twitter law.

‘‘The one thing I can promise you is I will never get in trouble with Twittering,’’ Cubs manager Mike Quade said. ‘‘I can’t even say it. Twittering? Tweetering? I will never get in trouble because I will never do it. I don’t have the time, energy or know-how. And I’m real happy about that.’’

Quade’s comments come a day after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen ignited another Twitter controversy by tweeting inflammatory remarks during a game after he was ejected.

MLB said Thursday it is investigating the incident, and Guillen said he expects to be punished. MLB rules ban team personnel from tweeting on game days from 30 minutes before first pitch until the game is over.

Just 14 months ago, Quade’s predecessor, Lou Piniella, responded similarly to the so-called ‘‘Twittergate’’ going on in the Sox’ spring-training camp.

‘‘What is Twitter?’’ Piniella said before it was explained to him. ‘‘I’m really not a Facebook or Twitter guy. I’m a prime rib and baked potato guy.’’

Must be a Cubs manager thing.

‘‘That makes more sense that Lou’s not involved,’’ Quade said. ‘‘I’m a younger man. And I understand, I guess, to a certain extent, today’s age of communication. But it interests me absolutely none.’’

Third degree

On Thursday, Quade stuck with the lineup he planned to use Wednesday before that game was rained out at home. That meant J eff Baker getting just his fourth career start in the No. 3 spot in the lineup. He appeared there once in 2010, in September.

Quade said he was going with the hot bat in what has been a trouble spot the last two weeks. Marlon Byrd (.265 in 19 starts) and Starlin Castro (.118 in four) have combined to hit .240 with no homers and just six RBI from the 3-hole in the Cubs’ first 23 games.

Baker was 7-for-his-last-11 overall before opening Thursday night’s game against Arizona with a line-out to short.

‘‘I don’t care where I hit,’’ said Baker, who was 8-for-19 (.421) with a homer and three RBI in his previous three games batting third. ‘‘As long as it’s not 9 and the pitcher’s not hitting in front of me, I don’t care.’’

Taking the fifth

Quade said he plans to take another day to settle on a pitcher for the next time a fifth starter is needed. That most likely will be Monday in Los Angeles.

The likeliest options appear to be James Russell (who has made the last three starts in that slot) and Class AAA right-hander
Jay Jackson.



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