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Towers confident with ownership's support

Towers confident with ownership's support

PHOENIX -- As the D-backs struggle to find wins, general manager Kevin Towers said he still feels like he has the support of managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president/CEO Derrick Hall.

"My office basically looks into his, so we're around each other every day," Towers said of Hall. "He's as frustrated as we are, as I'm sure Ken is. I feel we have the support, but I would imagine they're evaluating things as we're evaluating things, and hopefully we have their continued support and they're patient enough to where if this club is, which believe it is, a good ballclub and we turn it around and we start feeling good about ourselves again."

With the payroll at a record $110 million this year, more was expected than an 8-21 start, which includes a 2-14 mark at home.

There are not a lot of places for the organization to look for outside help at this point.

"We have significant dollars tied up in our core club that's out there right now and guys with a lot of experience with good track records," Towers said. "They're pros and they'll find a way to work their way out of it. It's just trying to stay positive. I know you probably hear that every day from us, but being positive is better than being negative right now. I think if it's one of those things where you're screaming and yelling and putting added pressure on these guys I just don't think that they respond well to that."

Towers refuses to place the blame on manager Kirk Gibson.

"If you're going to point fingers, point fingers at everybody," Towers said. "It's not because of Gibby, it's not because of just the players. We're all in this together and we're either going to find a way to get out of it together or we're not. They're trying. Nobody's giving up here. People want the answers, and if we had the answers we wouldn't be going through it. I think they're searching for answers, too. Baseball is a crazy game. I know the staff is doing everything in their power, the players are."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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