Tejada looks to continue his hot stretch as the NL West-leading Padres go for a third straight victory Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The 36-year-old shortstop went 4 for 5 with two RBIs as San Diego (70-47) won for the seventh time in eight games, 9-5 over the Cubs on Monday.
Since going 1 for 10 in his first three games after being acquired from Baltimore last month, Tejada has batted .351 in 13 contests, including 9 for 14 with four RBIs in his last three. He is a lifetime .324 hitter against the Cubs.
“I think we’ve all seen Miggie now,” manager Bud Black said. “He’s a professional hitter. Really knows his swing. He has a great approach. Hits all pitches and hits good pitching.”
The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out five in six innings of a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday, matching his win total from last season. The veteran has posted a 2.95 ERA in his last six outings.
“Jon knows how to work his way through a lineup,” Black said.
Fukudome has batted .321 with six RBIs in his last seven games. He is a lifetime .315 hitter versus San Diego.
Randy Wells(notes) (5-10, 4.60) tries to avoid a fourth straight loss when he takes the ball for the Cubs. The right-hander allowed seven runs in five innings Thursday but did not get the decision in an 8-7 loss at San Francisco.
“I’ve got no explanation for you. It’s pretty cut and dry,” Wells’ told the Cubs’ official website. “I can’t keep putting the team in a hole like that. It’s not professional, it’s not acceptable. Just chalk it up to a bad day and move on.”
Wells has gone 0-3 with a 7.48 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed three runs and struck out seven in seven innings of a 3-1 loss in his only appearance against the Padres on May 23, 2009.
San Diego is 2-6 at Wrigley Field since the start of the 2008 season.