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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks talking about his seven shutout innings on Friday.

Does Anderson deserve suspension for scrum with Keller? (2:08)
Hendricks strikes out 11 in Cubs' win (0:59)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember that Cubs pitching staff that caused so much consternation earlier this season? That group put up 31 consecutive scoreless innings before Brad Brach gave up a run in the ninth inning on Friday, its longest streak since 1976. Chicago beat Arizona 5-1 at Wrigley Field behind Kyle Hendricks, who threw seven shutout innings while striking out 11 in picking up his first win of the season. Chicago has allowed two runs or fewer in six of its last seven contests. After a 1-6 start, the Cubs have evened their record at 9-9.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks has been creeping up on the kind of breakthrough performance he had today against Arizona. His game score was 80, tied for the fourth-best of his career.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks is likely done after throwing seven shutout innings and 100 pitches today against Arizona. Hendricks struck out 11, the third time in his career that he's hit double digits. Hendricks entered the game with a total of 10 strikeouts over his first three starts.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks' best outing of the season nearly ended on a sour note. Hendricks was struck in the shin by a Christian Walker drive back up the middle and the ball ricocheted all the way into foul territory along the wall on the third-base side. But Hendricks is staying in the game with one down in the seventh and the Cubs leading the Diamondbacks 5-0.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Short delay here as home plate umpire Dan Iassogna is hit in the mask by a Merrill Kelly wild pitch. Iassogna appears to be fine. Is it me, or does it seem like there has been a rash of those incidents this season?

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced a game-time temperature of 44 degrees with the wind out of the north at 26 miles per hour. According to my weather app of choice, that translates to a real-feel temperature of 37 degrees. Expect a lot of first-pitch swinging today.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

It will take a poke to get one out at Wrigley Field today. There's a cold north wind blowing in at a rapid rate, and put extra emphasis on the word "cold". Off on the horizon, the sea (Lake Michigan) looks very angry today. April baseball!

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Baseball has handed out suspensions related the Royals-White Sox incident on Wednesday. Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller gets five games, or one start, for throwing at Tim Anderson. Chicago manager Rick Renteria also gets a game, and admittedly he was pretty heated during the scrum. But Anderson got a game, too, for "his conduct after the benches cleared." That conduct must have been verbal because there was nothing visual to merit Anderson's ejection, much less a suspension and the fine that goes with it. With no more concrete evidence that what we have -- ie, what was said that umpire Joe West found so disruptive -- I'm going to chalk this one up in the what-the-heck column.

This Just In  

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has been suspended for one game because of language used during the benches-clearing incident with Kansas City, sources familiar with situation tell ESPN. Brad Keller, who hit Anderson with a pitch, has been suspended for five games, per sources - Jeff Passan