Inside the suites of Safeco Field are the typical, palatial amenities that come with a premium experience at a ballpark: private entries, leather seats, a food spread with numerous culinary options and drinks galore. They've become standard features across the industry. So how does Safeco Field now stand out? A new feature was added at the beginning of the 2017 baseball season and has now been incorporated to each of the ballpark's 59 suites. And all that's needed is the ability to speak clearly to a 9-inch tall audio device in each suite. "Hey Alexa, can you order me a beer?" The Mariners and hometown neighbor Amazon have partnered to put the Alexa voice-activated operating system in every suite
Chris Speier is filling in as the Nationals manager this weekend while Dusty Baker attends his sons graduation. Bench Coach Chris Speier is managing the Washington Nationals with Dusty Baker at home in California for his sons high school graduation this weekend. Baker told reporters before the series finale with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday that he would rejoin the team in San Francisco, where the Nats start a three-game series on Monday afternoon.
Reds 5, Phillies 2: Tim Adleman tapped into some kind of magic on Friday, redeeming his 6.19 ERA with eight innings of one-hit ball against the Phillies. Any hint of a no-hitter was erased in the first inning, when the right-hander served up a 1-2 base hit to Andres Blanco and plunked Aaron Altherr in the next at-bat. He undid the Phillies’ damage with an inning-ending double play and proceeded to retire the next 16 consecutive batters, finally breaking his streak on a pair of walks in the seventh and eighth. Granted, Adleman’s breakout came against the fifth-worst offense in the National League — but a win is a win, and the Reds will take any leg up in the standings they can get.