Dodgers prepared to lean on Kuo

Dodgers prepared to lean on Kuo

LOS ANGELES -- Only twice this season had Hong-Chih Kuo pitched on back-to-back days before Saturday night, as the Dodgers attempt to protect a left elbow that's been surgically repaired four times. Now, with less than a month left in the regular season and the Dodgers in need of a win nearly every night, Kuo will available for repeat duty more often.

"He keeps saying 'Yes, yes, yes,'" manager Joe Torre said before Saturday night's game with the Giants at Dodger Stadium. "We're at a point now if it makes sense, we'll probably do it."

After earning his eighth save of the season Friday night in a 4-2 win over San Francisco, Kuo got two big outs for the Dodgers in the eighth inning on Saturday before Jonathan Broxton blew the save opportunity and the Dodgers fell, 5-4.

It was expected at one point that Broxton, an All-Star like Kuo, would regain the full-time closer's role when he ceded it last month, but he hasn't pitched well enough for that. The Dodgers will likely finish up the season playing the matchups in the end-game.

"We're going to go to matchup city," Torre said.