No need for panic. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said there still was plenty in the tank despite his career first of three straight blown saves. Figure it was time for the annual tune-up.

So despite a dire situation despite the Yankee Stadium crowd chanting Rivera’s name manager Joe Girardi did not draw from the 43-year-old’s tank. Rivera got his agreed-upon day off David Robertson got the save and the Yankees got some major palpitations in surviving a bases-loaded ninth for a 2-1 victory over the Angels.

“I would have definitely pitched” Rivera said. “I told Larry [Rothschild the pitching coach] I would pitch no matter what but I would take the day off if it’s OK.”

Rivera insisted there is nothing physically wrong and he simply received a little rest after throwing 31 pitches in two innings in Chicago on Wednesday then 27 and 23 pitches in single innings against the Tigers on Friday and Sunday. He gave up three homers to the Tigers.

“There’s a lot left in the tank. The tank is getting full again” Rivera said. “It’s just pitching delivery. I wasn’t repeating what I normally do and that’s the reason why I was leaving the ball over the plate. If the tank is getting empty then the speed is going low and everything is low and the tank is low everything. You have to get out and push the car.”