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Broxton's strong spring continues


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Expected Reds closer Jonathan Broxton has had only two outings this spring thus far, but has made them relatively quick work. Broxton has retired all six batters faced, including his one perfect inning on Friday against the Royals.

"I feel good. It's still early," Broxton said. "I'm still working on getting in shape, getting the arm there and working on my timing. All of my pitches aren't there. We've still got a month."

Broxton, who was re-signed to a three-year, $21 million contract in November, will be the team's closer if the Reds ultimately decide at the end of camp that former closer Aroldis Chapman will go into the rotation.

The Reds acquired Broxton in a July 31 trade with the Royals for Minor League pitchers J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph. It was the first time he worked against Kansas City.

"It felt a little weird out there going against the team I was with last year for a half season," Broxton said. "It doesn't matter, we're still professionals out there and you still have to go about your business, no matter what."

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