Until the results change, the chorus of “Same old Mariners” will continue to be heard after losses like the excruciating 3-2 one they suffered on opening day to the Rangers. That’s not fair, of course.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — All the talk this spring about the Mariners’ culture change is nice, and probably even true.

But Seattle baseball fans are waiting to see a performance change. A results change. And until they do, the chorus of “Same old Mariners” will continue to be heard after defeats like the excruciating 3-2 one they suffered on opening day to the Rangers.

That’s not fair, of course. Baseball, more than any sport, is one that reveals its truths slowly, and usually not before throwing out a few red herrings and misdirections. What you see, or think you see, is not always what you get, particularly in Game 1 of 162.

Mariners fans should know that more than anyone, having seen their team win its previous nine season-openers, tied for the longest streak in baseball’s modern era.

And where did that get them in the long run? Certainly not to the playoffs, where they haven’t been since 2001, the majors’ longest current drought. And not usually even to a winning season. Those nine opening wins have been followed by six sub-.500 campaigns, two with more than 100 losses and two others with more than 90.

So where it has gotten them, cumulatively, is to a place where, as manager Scott Servais said of his veteran core Sunday, “I think they’re very hungry and very thirsty to win here.”

But not as victory-famished and parched as their fans, who have seen the frustrating seasons mount, and who have heard the talk of positive change and a new environment from other new managers and regimes.

“I’m excited today for our team,’’ Servais had said before the game. “I think with all the change that’s come upon the Mariners and what we want to do, it’s Day 1. Let’s see if it works. It’s not all judged on one day. But it is the start, hopefully, of a very good relationship going forward.”

But through no fault of his own, it’s weighed against a very poor relationship going backward. It’s hard to argue rigid skepticism when they’ve been the same old Mariners for more than a decade and counting — and when they’ve seen other versions of this particular story line so many times.

You know the one: Felix Hernandez pitches his heart out, yet the Mariners find a way to lose. Oh, this one had a historic twist. No starter since at least 1913 had been saddled with an opening-day loss in which he gave up one or fewer hits over six-plus innings. But that was just a sparkly saddle on the same dead horse.

Hernandez has pitched 132 games in his career in which he’s worked at least six innings and given up one or fewer earned runs. He has lost seven of them, to go with 37 no-decisions. The Mariners have let him down time and again, whether it be their inability to score runs, or make plays, or preserve leads.

“He had electric stuff just like he always does,’’ said Chris Iannetta, who caught Hernandez for the first time in a regular-season game.

“If Felix is pitching and he gives up one hit, we should win that game,’’ third baseman Kyle Seager added. “He was fine, but we needed to make plays behind him.”

In the nightmarish fifth, when Texas did all its damage, Seager misplayed a ball when he took his eye off it to check out an oncoming runner. And shortstop Ketel Marte booted a double-play grounder that could have kept the score tied.

Hernandez was not blameless, either. Though the only hit he gave up (and the only one the Mariners gave up all game) was a blooper into no-man’s land by Prince Fielder, his command was not always sharp. He walked five (one forcing in a run) and hit a batter.

“Five walks. That’s not good. That’s not me,’’ Hernandez said afterward.

It was encouraging to see Hernandez with his usual darting stuff. But it was a little worrisome to see some of the same command issues that plagued him at times last year.

Yet Hernandez is the least of the Mariners concerns — none of which should be evaluated one iota after a single day.

Five players made their first opening-day start for the Mariners. Four — Norichika Aoki, Marte, Adam Lind and Leonys Martin — were a 0 for 14 total with four strikeouts.

The other, Iannetta, had two singles and a walk in three plate appearances. And in this case, it’s OK to make a snap judgment, because all last season, the Mariners had just six occasions in which their catcher reached base three times. So that position is primed for vast offensive improvement.

Otherwise, you had Robinson Cano ripping a line-drive homer off Cole Hamels in his first at-bat, an encouraging sign that he’s ready to carry over his potent spring into the regular season.

Compared with this time last year, when Cano was fighting a stomach problem and the mental strain of dealing with his grandfather’s death — with a hernia issue to come later — it bodes well for a productive season, which would be huge.

“I’m able to move my hips,’’ he said. “Those pitches right there might have been ground balls to second or first base.”

Servais said he didn’t have a formal team meeting before his first game as a major-league manager. Looking back at his playing career, he couldn’t remember a meeting on opening day that stuck with him. Players have their own adrenaline flowing and might not be ready to absorb a fiery speech. Instead, he chatted individually with players during pregame drills.

“Nothing’s really changed from spring, which was good to see,’’ Iannetta said of Servais. “You want to make sure the guy you see for six weeks in spring training is the same guy during the season, and for Day 1 he was.”

No definitive judgments are to be made on opening day. But impressions begin to be formed, some of which turn out to be illusions, others portents.

“I was very comfortable,’’ Servais said of his debut. “It’s always good to get the first one out of the way and get back to normalcy (Tuesday).”

In baseball, normalcy is the grind of a six-month marathon. Everything about this Mariners spring has been about change and freshness and innovation.

Now comes the long and unforgiving proving ground. We know virtually nothing yet.