PITCH COUNTS: Baker kept Cueto and Volquez below 100 pitches in their first outings.
"It's not a strict pitch limit," Baker said. "But the first couple of outings, we'd like to keep 90 to 100 pitches. Hopefully, they can use pitch efficiency and get us deep into the game."
Baker says, despite charges to the contrary, he's always watched pitch counts.
"I'm not doing anything differently than I've always done ... I always keep track in my head," he said. "(Pitching coach Dick Pole) has a counter."
Baker was asked if he keeps his fingers crossed when his young starters, Cueto and Volquez, are pitching.
"Sometimes you've got to do that with older guys," he said. "If you've got stuff, stamina and guts, you can go a long way. Jim Leyland always says: If you got a choice, you go with the talent. There's no substitute for talent, especially talent with some guys."