4/26 Extra bases

The toughest decision these days for Cubs manager Mike Quade is trying to get Jeff Baker in the lineup. Baker started at first on Tuesday. “His versatility makes a huge difference,” Quade said of Baker, who has started at first, third and secon. “He’s swinging the bat so well.”

* It took Quade a little time to calm down after Monday’s 5-3 loss to the Rockies. “You get mad — so what are you going to do about it?” he said. “Getting mad doesn’t help.”

* Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells, both on the disabled list, threw on flat ground Tuesday. They are scheduled to be examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo on Wednesday. Cashner is sidelined with a strained right rotator cuff, Wells has a strained right forearm. There’s no time table for their return.

* Kosuke Fukudome is the fifth Cubs leadoff man since 1986 to have five hits in a game, joining Ryan Theriot (April 25, 2010); Alfonso Soriano (May 17, 2008; June 4, 2007); Tom Goodwin (July 21, 2003); and Davey Lopes (April 20, 1986).

– Carrie Muskat

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