The hottest team

The Padres are the hottest team in baseball -- possibly because the Cubs are the coldest.

San Diego played Chicago on Sunday for the seventh time in a span of 10 days -- and beat the Cubs for a seventh time.

Never before in Padres history had San Diego gone 7-0 against an opponent over the course of a full season. The best they had ever done against the Cubs before was 8-4.

Sunday's 9-0 win at Wrigley Field was the Padres' fifth straight victory and their 14th in the last 15 games. The Padres are now 13-1 this May after going a club-record 22-6 last May.

The run has catapulted the Padres to the top of the National League West -- just as did last May's run.

REPLAY: When Padres manager Bruce Bochy promoted struggling right-handed reliever Clay Hensley to the starting rotation in mid-April, he said it wasn't for a spot start or two.

"This is something we've been considering for a while," Bochy said. "He's going to be there for a while." Maybe permanently, if Hensley's recent outings are any indication.

Hensley shut out the Cubs on two hits Sunday afternoon, facing only three hitters over the minimum. He needed only 91 pitches to work a complete game. And two starts ago, Hensley worked six scoreless innings against the Dodgers despite getting hit on the back of the head by the barrel end of a shattered bat.

Hensley is 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in six starts. His forte is his sinker, and his weakness is his bat. He struck out five times Sunday en route to his complete game.


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