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SEATTLE (AP) _ Hoping to defuse the controversy over the banning of ``Yankees Suck'' shirts, the Seattle Mariners are allowing fans to wear the T-shirts.

``We decided that the best course of action was to defuse the situation, try to let the air out of the balloon as best we could,'' Mariners spokesman Randy Adamack said Wednesday night.

The Mariners generated national news stories last month by asking fans at Safeco Field to remove the shirts or turn them inside out during a series against New York.

``We instructed our staff this week not to ask people to turn their shirts around or take them off when they came to the ballpark. It's that simple,'' Adamack said.

``We still have a Code of Conduct. The policies haven't changed necessarily. But what we've done is basically try to address the specific situations and avoid confrontations at the gates to the ballpark.''