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Broxton ready after bout with food poisoning

Broxton ready after bout with food poisoning

LOS ANGELES -- Closer Jonathan Broxton pronounced himself fit for action Friday night after missing Thursday night's game with food poisoning symptoms.

Broxton was given an IV before Thursday night's game, but the symptoms persisted and he was sent home. Hong-Chih Kuo took over as closer and pitched a hitless ninth inning with two strikeouts and a walk for his third save of the season.

On Tuesday night, Broxton loaded the bases and was involved in a rules fiasco that resulted in him being incorrectly removed from the game when acting manager Don Mattingly was judged by umpires to have made two trips to the mound in a matter of seconds. In that game, Broxton's fastball was down to 91 mph. Manager Joe Torre blamed it on mechanics and said Broxton's arm was healthy.

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Kuo was unavailable Friday night, Torre said.

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