Jonathan Broxton will be first in line for save opportunities when the Royals open the season tonight under manager Ned Yost's newly-assigned bullpen roles.

"It's just a label," Broxton said. "We've got some other guys down there who can run it up there and know what they're doing. Hopefully, we can just all work together. If at the end of the day, we've got a 'W,' it doesn't matter when I pitch."

Broxton, 27, was an All-Star closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009 and 2010 before an elbow injury forced him to miss most of last season. That experience, Yost indicated, made him the logical choice in replacing injury Joakim Soria as closer.

"It's not going to be a tandem," Yost said. "Broxton is coming in if we have a save situation (tonight) in the ninth inning. If we have a save situation in the eighth inning, (Greg) Holland is coming in, and then we're going to turn it over to Broxton.

"If we have two or three save situations in a row, Broxton will get two of the three and Holland will get one. I'm not going to pound Broxton out there three, four or five days in a row."