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For an obvious reason, Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi was not a happy man after the game Tuesday night. The Mariners had lost for the ninth time in 10 games and right-hander Aaron Sele had been blown out of Yankee Stadium.
But Bavasi stopped to answer an inquiry on the GM's take on what is happening to the team.
"We have expected some early-season adjustments, but not this many," Bavasi said. "We have to see the center fielder play more. We expected [Adrian] Beltre and [Richie] Sexson to have to go through adjustments coming over to this league. The issues behind the plate are more than we expected.
"It's been frustrating," Bavasi said.
"I'm choosing words carefully here," he answered. "... frustrating."
Is he contemplating changes?
"We do not discuss personnel matters with the press," he said, tersely.
All right, in a broader sense, does change benefit a team going through what the Mariners are experiencing?
"Is that the same question asked differently?" he wanted to know.
Possibly, he was told.
"Then," he said, "same answer."