Cheerleading, not closing: Torre said he's worried about veteran closer Mariano Rivera's light workload this season affecting his consistency. Rivera has only worked in 27 games this year and has nine saves, while he pitched in 62 games last season and finished with 34 saves."It's a concern," Torre said. "He's become a cheerleader, unfortunately. He's out here on the bench pulling for guys. Mentally he's fine, but the only problem is that it's nice to get him into a routine, and we haven't been able to do that." Torre said in Spring Training that he wouldn't use Rivera before the eighth inning, but he's been forced to go back on his word, partly because of New York's inability to win close games. The Yankees are a Major League-worst 4-13 in one-run contests, a record which takes precious outings away from their capable closer. "There are certain situations where you get to a point of wanting to use him," Torre said of his predicament. "Once you commit to him, there isn't free substitution, and you have to take him out. You have a lot of games where you almost say to yourself, 'Wow, this game is out of hand, let's get him in there.'" Another issue taking away from Rivera's appearances is the problem the rest of the bullpen has had, as it leads the Majors with 138 walks. "What we need to do is to go out there and be able to bring somebody out of the bullpen who's going to throw strike one," Torre said. "That's the thing that's missing from other bullpens that we've had." Still searching for 350: Roger Clemens made his third start in search of his 350th career win on Wednesday, trying to become the seventh player ever to accomplish that feat. The milestone win has special meaning to Torre, who remembers catching Warren Spahn's 350th win in 1963 as a member of the Milwaukee Braves. Spahn was the last pitcher to reach the 350-win mark. Having seen what it takes to reach that plateau, Torre spoke Wednesday about the respect he has for both Clemens and the pitchers that came before him. "I think it's a lot tougher I think to maintain your dedication and determination and health issues," Torre said of reaching 350 wins in modern baseball. "Roger mixes it up and looks at every aspect of his game. He was here last night watching and asking questions. He knows in his mind what he's going to do. That's what's remarkable for me. Watching Roger at his age, he takes nothing for granted and works every hitter, even the day before he pitches." Quotable: "It's uncomfortable, it's frustrating, and certainly nothing good comes from it. We've had bad counts out of the bullpen. I know it's a matter of trying to make good pitches, but there's only so much plate to pitch to." -- Torre, on the Yankees bullpen's Major League-leading 138 walks Up next: The Yanks wrap up their series in Baltimore and their road trip on Thursday when Chien-Ming Wang (7-4, 3.51) faces Daniel Cabrera (6-8, 4.98). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less