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Broxton to close until Chapman returns

Broxton to close until Chapman returns

CINCINNATI -- It wasn't the cleanest of saves on Tuesday night for Reds interim closer Jonathan Broxton, but it was good to get the first one of the season and his first since Sept. 19, 2012. Broxton gave up a leadoff double and a two-out walk in the ninth inning and faced Andrew McCutchen representing the go-ahead run before locking down a 7-5 Reds win over the Pirates.

Broxton, who missed the first week of the season on the disabled list after having right forearm surgery in August, is filling in as closer until Aroldis Chapman can return from the DL.

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"If you have somebody that's cemented into that role -- it doesn't mean he'll get every save opportunity -- but it does allow me to look at the game for eight innings," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It gets convoluted when you're going to go 'OK, let's get to the ninth and see what's left and pick your option from that spot.'

"It's good to have Broxton back because it definitely settles some areas of our bullpen. It's one more pitcher closer to setting up our 'pen the way we want to."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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