NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera may own a Major League-record 608 saves, but on Tuesday night, he was just like any other white-knuckled Yankees fan in front of a television set.
Rivera said that he saw David Robertson's first save of the season from the comfort of his Westchester, N.Y., home, but the experience of watching someone else handle his ninth inning was nerve-wracking for the 42-year-old closer.
"I was home, right on the couch," Rivera said. "I was sweating and screaming to Robby on the TV. It was good, though. It was difficult, but it was good at the same time, knowing that we won the game. That's what we wanted."
Robertson loaded the bases but struck out the Rays' Carlos Pena looking for the final out, preserving the Yankees' 5-3 win for his first save of the season and the fourth of his Major League career.
"He has tremendous will and desire to get it done, to do the job," Rivera said. "I think he has done a tremendous job. The situation he was in yesterday, it was not an easy situation, but he came through. That's what I have seen from him before.
"He is capable to do that. We need to work on little things, but that's minor; that's things that we can fix. But you cannot fix heart. ... Robby is capable."