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Broxton impresses in eighth-inning role

Broxton impresses in eighth-inning role

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MILWAUKEE -- With the Dodgers' current situation, manager Joe Torre is more concerned with winning games than assigning specific roles to his relief pitchers.

That being the case, he admitted there was a chance for Jonathan Broxton to find himself with a ninth-inning save opportunity in the near future. But that doesn't mean he's ready to change whom he calls his closer.

"I wouldn't be afraid, after what I saw tonight, to put him out there," Torre said after Wednesday's game. "[Hong-Chih] Kuo is still our guy in that situation. But if Prince [Fielder] is coming up the inning before, you're going to send Kuo out there against him.

"I think the situation will dictate it, but I was very comfortable watching Brox. After the 3-0, once he started throwing strikes, I thought he was very consistent with it."

Broxton impressed in the eighth, retiring three straight batters with 13 total pitches. After opening the count 3-0 against pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson, nine of Broxton's final 10 pitches were strikes as he got Dickerson to ground out, Rickie Weeks to fly out and struck out Corey Hart swinging.

"That's the Brox that we'll send out there in the ninth inning, that guy we saw [Wednesday night]," Torre said. "That's liable to be in the next couple of days because that certainly was a good one for him."

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