Broxton left holding check

Dodgers' closer blows his first save opportunity since the All-Star Game

Updated: July 18, 2010, 9:37 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ST. LOUIS -- Five days earlier, Jonathan Broxton had been on top of the baseball world, smiling in a way he rarely had in his six major league seasons. The Los Angeles Dodgers closer had just polished off the ninth inning in the All-Star Game, securing a National League home-field advantage in the World Series and perhaps even exorcising some of the demons that had occasionally haunted him on some of baseball's biggest stages.

By the end of business on Sunday, it was difficult to imagine ...

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