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Ozzie awaits fallout for tweeting before Sox’ game ended

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



NEW YORK — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hadn’t heard from Major League Baseball about his Twitter comments shortly after he was ejected from Wednesday’s game, but he expects to.

‘‘I expect them to call me,’’ Guillen said Thursday. ‘‘I expect them to send me a letter. I expect them to send me the fine. Like I said, I’ve been through this for eight years . . . how much is the money, and [I’ll] pay the money.’’

MLB is looking into Guillen’s tweet during the first inning, moments after he was ejected by plate umpire Todd Tichenor.

Guillen tweeted, ‘‘This one going to cost me a lot of money this is patetic [sic].’’ Later he tweeted, “Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium,’’ an apparent reference to Tichenor.

According to MLB rules, all social media use by players, managers and coaches must stop 30 minutes before game time and isn’t allowed until the game is over. Nobody had violated the rule before Guillen, and there is no policy on punishment. The case is being looked at by the staff of Joe Torre, the executive vice president of baseball operations. Joe Garagiola Jr., in charge of on-field discipline, will decide on the punishment.

Asked if he will tweet again, Guillen said, ‘‘I hope I stay in the game. If people don’t think I want to be in the game, they’re crazy. When I get kicked out of the game, I let my team down. Big-time.’’

Guillen has been ejected 26 times, including three times at Yankee Stadium since 2007.

‘‘I get kicked out of the game a lot here in New York. I got to check that record.

‘‘I wonder why.’’

On the plus side, Guillen joked, he has a nice office at Yankee Stadium and the food is good.

Words from the best

Sergio Santos had a 15-minute conversation with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera before the game Wednesday. When it was over, Santos ‘‘literally went over it 100 times in my head so I wouldn’t forget it.’’

Santos, who has designs on being the Sox’ closer, was humbled that Rivera, who got his 567th save a few hours later, initiated the talk by asking the second-year player a question.

‘‘He said, ‘When you’re heading out to the mound from the bullpen, what are you thinking about?’ So I tell him what I’m thinking about, and he said, ‘That’s good. That’s what you should be thinking about.’ He just gave me pointers.’’

Slumping

Second baseman Gordon Beckham has four hits in his last 43 at-bats after going 1-for-4 on Thursday and is 7-for-59 (.119) in his last 17 games after a strong spring training and 11-for-31 start. His swing is fine and ‘‘his pregame work is pristine,’’ hitting coach Greg Walker said.

So what’s the deal?

‘‘He’s going to have to fight through it,’’ Walker said. ‘‘There’s no answer for his mechanics. His swing is his swing. It’s going to work against all types of pitching.

‘‘He’s swinging at a lot of pitches out of the zone. He’s frustrated. He’s getting himself out a lot. I’m not making an excuse for him because he’s too far down the road in his career. He’s not dealing with failure real well. He’s a tough kid, but mentally he’s in a funk, and he has to fight his way through it.’’



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