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Will Smith (baseball)

Kyle Hendricks rekindles some magic for Cubs

Kyle Hendricks rekindles some magic for Cubs

The Cubs' celebration for clinching a National League playoff berth will have to wait until Friday at the earliest.

"I don't know how much bigger it can get, but I guess there's room for improvement in everything," Kyle Hendricks quipped when asked if the postgame festivities can get more joyous than the celebrations after each victory.

The Cubs had nothing to celebrate Wednesday night after a 4-1 loss to the Brewers, but Hendricks lent some optimism as he tries to strengthen his case to be part of the rotation in the National League Division Series should the Cubs get past the wild-card game.

Hendricks retired the first 14 batters and allowed four hits in...