Bochy believes Tejada will start hitting

Bochy believes Tejada will start hitting

PITTSBURGH -- Though Miguel Tejada took his .200 batting average to the bench Thursday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy maintained faith in his 36-year-old shortstop.

Tejada entered the series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting .097 (3-for-31) with three RBIs in his previous nine games. But Bochy suggested that Tejada, who's only two years removed from his sixth career All-Star season, soon will regain the form that enabled him to take a .287 lifetime batting average into this season.

"Throughout the league, you see quite a few good hitters hitting around .200," Bochy said. "Look at our club. Most of our guys haven't quite found their timing. ... He's not the lone soldier in baseball. He's done it too long and he's too good a hitter not to come out of this."

In fact, several estimable performers began Thursday actually hitting worse than Tejada, including Atlanta's Dan Uggla (.180), the Los Angeles Angels' Vernon Wells (.178), Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox (.172), the Chicago Cubs' Carlos Pena and Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez (both .169), Alex Rios of the White Sox (.163), Boston's Carl Crawford (.156) and the New York Yankees' Jorge Posada (.138).

"The worst thing you can do is start panicking," Bochy said.