Defensive lapses irk McLaren
Manager apologizes for leaving without comment on Friday
NEW YORK -- Mariners manager John McLaren apologized for not being available to the media following his club's series-opening loss to the Yankees on Friday night.It was the first time since becoming the Mariners' skipper midway through last season that McLaren did not conduct a postgame media session. "I will be very blunt and honest," McLaren said prior to Saturday afternoon's game. "I just felt it was better for me not to speak. I wasn't very happy, and I probably would have said something I would have regretted. I kind of thought it was better not to talk to you guys, and I apologize." The Mariners committed four errors in Friday's 5-1 loss, a frigid series opener, and they continued to struggle offensively, held to four hits by Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang and three relievers. The loss dropped Seattle to a season-high four games below .500. The temperature at game time was 49 degrees, typical of what the Mariners have experienced during the first month of the season. The temperature was actually one degree higher than the average first-pitch temperature on the road for the Mariners this season, discounting the three games played inside the domed Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. "Let's be honest," McLaren said. "The weather has not been our kind of weather, but with that said, we can't use that as an excuse. The other team is playing in it, too. That's the hand we've been dealt. We have to fight our way through it and do a better job. "When you are winning, you don't think about things like [cold weather]. When you are losing, it seems like everything is bothering you." The Mariners are 1-6 in road games played when the first-pitch temperature is below 61 degrees. Three of the four errors made in Friday night's game led to unearned runs, spoiling yet another quality start. It has been an ongoing saga the entire season.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.