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Kyle Hendricks steps up for Cubs' pitching staff

Kyle Hendricks steps up for Cubs' pitching staff

SAN DIEGO – Kyle Hendricks had an awkward but effective way Thursday night of describing the first complete game and shutout of his career. “I’m not going to say I needed it, but I kind of did need it,” Hendricks said. “I haven’t been throwing very well.” Hendricks’ 107-pitch masterpiece came at the right time for him and the Cubs, who have been leaning heavy on Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel to consume most of the innings by the starting pitchers. Prior to his 3-0 win over San Diego, Hendricks hadn’t pitched more than six innings in any of his seven previous starts. He took the mound with the knowledge that the bullpen...

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