Bob Melvin is out as manager of the Mariners. If there's a bright side, he's sure getting a glowing performance review from the guy who let him go.

Melvin was fired yesterday, a day after Seattle ended its worst season in 12 years with its 99th loss. He lasted two seasons, getting the news during a congenial but difficult meeting with General Manager Bill Bavasi.

"There is a point where you shed a tear," Bavasi said. "It's really difficult. It is awful."

* IT'S OFFICIAL: The buyer of the Brewers said he doesn't plan any major changes to the ballclub -- in the field or the front office.

After days of speculation, Milwaukee officially introduced Mark Attanasio, the Los Angeles investor who reportedly offered $220 million for the team.

Attanasio said that after meetings with staff and exhaustive reviews of the team's finances, he believes the Brewers are already on the right track to winning, despite coming off their 12th consecutive losing season.

"Now it's our job to start winning more games. Everything we do is going to be directed to winning more games," he said.

* TORONTO SIGNS GIBBONS: John Gibbons will return as manager of the Blue Jays next season. Gibbons was given a one-year contract after guiding last-place Toronto to a 20-30 record during the final eight weeks of the season.

-- From News Services