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Friday 5.18.18
Morning Trivia: She's an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She's best known for her work on Saturday Night Live from 1997 to 2006 and for creating the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock. She's also known for her work in film, with her most notable appearances including starring roles in Baby Mama in 2008, Date Night in 2010, Muppets Most Wanted in 2014, Sisters in 2015, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot in 2016. Who is she?

Jose Iglesias' two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning gave Detroit the lead, and Tigers' pitchers allowed just two hits over the final six innings in a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. Detroit rallied against Seattle's bullpen to take the opener of the four-game series. Game two is tonight at 7:10. Felix Hernandez gets the start.

Birthdays: Actor Bill Macy is 96; Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, actor Dwayne Hickman is 84; baseball great, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is 81; singer-songwriter -- remember It Never Rains in Southern California? -- Albert Hammond is 74; Mr. October -- he with five World Series rings -- Reggie Jackson is 72; he's known for being the keyboardist with Yes, Rick Wakeman is 69; Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is 68; singer-songwriter George Strait is 66; singer Martika is 49; and musician Jack Johnson is 43.

Today is International Museum Day, a good opportunity to visit, appreciate, and support a nearby museum. Today is National Visit Your Relatives Day. It's easy to get so caught up in today’s fast paced lifestyle that we can soon lose touch with our relatives. National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and haven't seen for a while. Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, the objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. A couple of options: Use disposable plates, cups and silverware for all meals and snacks OR take the family out to eat all three meals. Then for a snack, go out for ice cream.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1974, The Streak by Ray Stevens became Americas top single, capitalizing on the streaking fad that year on college campuses. In 1978, the movie The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey premiered in Dallas. In 1980, Mt. Saint Helens erupted killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. In 1992, the National Archivist quietly certified the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibiting Congress from voting itself instant pay raises. The measure was written by James Madison in 1789, but the ratification process took over two centuries. In 1998, the federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft saying the software company had a choke hold on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market. In 2004, at the age of 40, Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 batters to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0. In 2012, Facebook held its initial public offering and began trading on the NASDAQ. The company was valued at $104 billion making it the largest valuation to that time for a newly listed public company.

Then there was the guy in Australia that was lucky to escape unharmed after his attempt to recharge his mobile phone battery -- in a microwave oven. Firefighters -- when firefighters are involved in the recharging process, you know things aren't going well -- were called to the man's home after the battery exploded inside the oven, causing smoke to pour out of the appliance.

Trivia Answer: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey -- Tina Fey -- who is 48 today. Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, ter becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment and, later, for her satirical portrayal of Sarah Palin. After leaving SNL in 2006, Fey created the television series 30 Rock -- a sitcom loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In 2011, she released her memoir, Bossypants, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks and garnered her a Grammy Award nomination. In 2015, she co-created the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Fey has received nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her Sarah Palin impression on SNL. In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the award.

Thursday 3.17.18
Morning Trivia: He's a retired professional boxer and occasional actor. He was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses. He won world titles in five weight divisions and defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Wilfred Benítez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán and Marvin Hagler. He was named Boxer of the Decade for the 1980s. Who is he?

The line drive off the bat of Seattle's Jean Segura was estimated at 101 mph. As much as Texas starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his body, there was no way he could avoid being struck. After Colon picked up the loose ball and threw Segura out at first base, he laughed as the Rangers staff rushed to check on him. Colon said through an interpreter, "The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out. He got me on the side. It was not in the middle. And I have a big belly so I can (handle) it." Colon put together arguably his best performance of the season yesterday, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Rangers a 5-1 win over the Mariners. Kyle Seager's homer in the ninth was the extent of Seattle's offense. Seattle manager Scott Servais said there's a chance Dee Gordon could be moved to second base sometime this weekend. Gordon played center field again yesterday but did pregame work for a second straight day at his old position. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz was sore a day after getting hit by a pitch on his right foot and leaving a game early. Servais expects it will be a few days before Cruz is back in the lineup but didn't believe a DL stint was needed. Up next, the Mariners host the Detroit Tigers for four. Game one is tonight at 7:10.

The Seattle Seahawks signed first-round pick running back Rashaad Penny to his rookie contract yesterday. The Hawks have now signed six of their nine draft picks. Penny was taken with the 27th overall selection. His contract is for four years with a team option for a fifth. Penny was one of the elite running backs in college football last season as he became a full-time starter for the first time. He led the nation with 2,248 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns for San Diego State. Penny rushed for at least 200 yards in each of the final five games to close out the 2017 season and had 13 rushing TDs during the stretch.

Birthdays: Blues musician Taj Mahal is 76; singer Keith (remember the song 98.6?) is 69; Danny Tanner on Full house, actor-comedian Bob Saget is 62; sportscaster Jim Nantz ia 59; the creator of American Idol, Simon Fuller is 58; singer Enya is 57; comedian, actor, and talk show host Craig Ferguson is 56; from Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is 53; from New Kids on the Block, singer Jordan Knight is 48; and soccer's Mia Hamm is 46.

Today is World Telecommunications Day celebrating the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication. The main goal of World Telecommunications Day is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. Today is Pack Rat Day. Admit it. You're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. We’re all a little bit materialistic, and tend to buy, own and hoard more stuff than we might really need. We’re all pack rats. Pack Rat Day encourages us to embrace the fact that we want to keep stuff, and suggests that you shouldn't throw away your old belongings, clothes, or even rubbish as it may be useful or valuable in days or years to come. And I don't know if this is so or not, but I like the concept. Today is Tell An Umpire I Love Your Outfit Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, with a single camera near the third-base line WXBS-TV in New York became the first station to televise a sporting event. It was a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton. At the time, there were only 400 TV sets in America. In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first record album to sell a million copies the day it was released. In 1978, Philips announced their new creation: the compact disc. In 1985, Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of Dallas. He returned the following season. It was all a dream. In 1992, bandleader Lawrence Welk died of pneumonia at the age of 89. His syndicated TV show continues in reruns. In 1999, Makah Indians here in Washington state harpooned a gray whale for the first time in 70 years. In 1999, a Toronto judge dismissed a claim that the Canadian Defense Minister, Citibank, and a number of drug store chains were conspiring to kill a complainant because he was a Martian. The judge ruled that since the petitioned claimed not to be human, he had no status before the court. In 2001, the US Postal Service issued a stamp based on Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. In 2002, Legoland Deutschland opened in Günzburg, Germany. In 2007, trains crossed the border dividing North and South Korea for the first time since 1953.

According to a survey of 2,000 British women, 80% of them said there was a definite link between how a man dances and how he performs in bed. More than half admitted to trying to get a man on to the dance floor to check out his technique before “taking the plunge.”

Trivia Answer: Sugar Ray Leonard who turns 62 today. He was named Ray Charles Leonard, after his mother's favorite singer, Ray Charles. In October 1996, the 40-year-old Leonard announced that he was coming out of retirement to fight Héctor Camacho for the lightly regarded IBC Middleweight Championship. Camacho, a light-hitting southpaw who, at 34 and as a former lightweight, was also considered past his prime, had a record of 62–3–1. Leonard decided to fight Camacho after commentating on his fight with the 45-year-old Roberto Duran the previous year, in which Camacho had won a disputed decision which Leonard had called "an early Christmas gift." In January 1997, it was announced that Leonard had been voted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, New York. The rules state that a boxer must be retired for five years before being eligible for induction. When the vote took place, Leonard had been retired for more than five years, therefore, he was eligible, even though he had a fight scheduled. The induction ceremony was on June 15th of 1997. The fight with Camacho took place on March 1st of 1997 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Camacho applied pressure from the opening bell and started to score well in the third. He continued to score well in the fourth and opened a cut above Leonard's right eye. In the fifth, Camacho dropped Leonard with a right followed by two left uppercuts. Leonard got up, but was unable to ward off Camacho. The referee stopped the fight with Camacho teeing off on a defenseless Leonard on the ropes. It was the only time in Leonard's career that he was knocked out. Afterward, Leonard retired again, saying, "For sure, my career is definitely over for me in the ring." The Camacho fight was Leonard's last. He finished his career with a record of 36–3–1 with 25 knockouts.

Wednesday 5.16.18
Morning Trivia: He was a puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He began developing puppets while attending high school. He created Sam and Friends while he was a freshman at the University of Maryland. It was a five-minute sketch-comedy puppet show that appeared on television. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in home economics, after which he produced coffee advertisements and developed some experimental films. He became famous in 1969 when he joined the children's educational television program Sesame Street where he helped to develop characters for the series. Who was he?

Guillermo Heredia's single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers last night. Texas tied it in the ninth inning off AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. It was Seattle's 10th come-from-behind victory this season. The Mariners snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak at Safeco Field. Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch on top of his right foot in the fourth inning, and limped to the dugout with the help of two staff members. Results of X-rays were negative, and it was diagnosed as a contusion. The team said he'll be re-evaluated today. The Ms and Rangers match up again in a matinee today at 12:40.

The Seattle Mariners' star second baseman Robinson Cano is being suspended 80 games without pay under Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement. That word from Major League Baseball yesterday. The league says Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, which is banned under baseball's drug treatment plan. Cano says he has accepted the suspension, but contends the diuretic is not a Performance Enhancing Substance, but was taken to treat a medical ailment while in his native Dominican Republic. Cano wrote, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. While I did not realize at the time I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish I had been more careful." Cano went on to point out he had never failed a drug test in his 15 year career "for the simple reason I have never taken (a Performance Enhancing Substance)" and "would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game I love." Cano's positive reportedly resulted from an offseason test. The Mainers said in a statement, "Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge." Cano can serve his suspension while on the disabled list but is now ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners get there and end the longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports. He will also lose his salary during the suspension, expected to be around $11.8 million. Cano's suspension will last until the middle of August.

Birthdays: Actor Pierce Brosnan is 65; the lead singer and bassist of the band Mr. Mister, Richard Page is 65; gymnast Olga Korbut is 63; actress Debra Winger is also 63; marathon runner Joan Benoit is 61; Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is 53; singer Janet Jackson is 52; Carol on Growing Pains, actress Tracey Gold is 49; actress and socialite Tori Spelling is 45; and actress Megan Fox is 32.

Today is Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day in honor of the normal springtime high pollen level. Today is Love a Tree Day. So, go out and give a tree a great big hug. Or, climb up into your favorite tree, and share some quality time with it. It's National Sea Monkey Day which celebrates an amazing pet that comes alive when placed in water. Children and adults are fascinated by these creatures, that almost instantly are born when placed in water. It's Wear Purple For Peace Day. You'd think that this day originated in protest of a particular war or conflict. Or, perhaps conceived by the UN, or another peacemaking or peace keeping group. Rather, we found this day to be a stellar event. It seems some folks fear that aliens from outer space consider earthlings to be too hostile. As a result, they have yet to visit or make contact with us. So, some decided to promote world peace by establishing Wear Purple for Peace Day. The goal of the day is to make the world a peaceful place and, of course, encourage alien species to make contact with earth.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1904, the automohorse was patented. The first autos tended to scare horses, so this ingenious invention was an automobile that looked like a horse. In 1965, The Beach Boys sang Help Me, Rhonda on The Ed Sullivan Show. Also in 1965, Spaghetti-O's were sold for the first time. In 1970, Randy Bachman left The Guess Who. In 1984, Prince's When Doves Cry was released. In 1985, Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1988, the Supreme Court ruled that police do not have to have a search warrant to search discarded garbage. In 1990, actor and singer Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer. He was 64. In 1996, residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts, voted 165-138 to end their 200-year tradition of opening the annual town meeting with a prayer. Before they voted, they prayed. In 2000, the New York Democratic Party nominated First Lady Hillary Clinton for the US Senate, making her the first First Lady to run for public office.

Trivia Answer: Jim Henson. He achieved international fame as the creator of the Muppets. He founded Muppets, Inc., in 1958, which became the Jim Henson Company. He won fame for his creations, particularly Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie. He was involved with Sesame Street for over 20 years. Jim Henson died of toxic shock syndrome on this date in 1990 at the age of 53.

Tuesday 5.15.18
Morning Trivia: He's a former running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s. He's the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season. Who is he?

Former Mariner -- now the Twins's first baseman -- Logan Morrison's throwing error in the eighth inning accounted for the game's only run as Seattle downed Minnesota Twins 1-0 after a long rain delay last night. Dee Gordon led off the eighth with a double. Jean Segura laid down a sacrifice bunt and Morrison threw the ball into right field, allowing Gordon to score. The game was originally scheduled for April 8th but got postponed because of inclement weather. Last night's first pitch was pushed back 1 hour, 42 minutes due to rain. The Mariners are now back home 6-games. Two with the Texas Rangers and the four with Detroit. The first game is tonight at 7:10.

BREAKING: Seattle Mariners star second baseman Robinson Cano is being suspended 80 games without pay under Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement, Major League Baseball announced today. The league says Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic, which is banned under baseball's drug treatment plan. Cano says he has accepted the suspension, but contends the diuretic is not a Performance Enhancing Substance, but was taken to treat a medical ailment while in his native Dominican Republic.

Birthdays: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 82; singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is also 82; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 81; singer K.T.Oslin is 76; singer, songwriter, producer Brian Eno is 70; baseball's George Brett is 65; musician Mike Oldfield is also 65; sports broadcaster Dan Patrick is 62; former WSU and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is 42; and Dutch singer Mr. Probz is 34.

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. A Montana funeral home says in a death notice on its website that Kidder died Sunday at her home. Her manager says Kidder died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 69. The Canadian-born actress also appeared in 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper and 1978's The Amityville Horror.

The innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe has passed away. The 88-year-old Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection and died yesterday, according to his agent.

It's Police Officer's Memorial Day -- a day that honors and remembers police officers who gave their lives while on duty. Today is Nylon Stockings Day. It's Over The Rainbow Day and it's also L. Frank Baum's birthday. It's National Chocolate Chip Day which celebrates and enjoys sweet, tasty chocolate chips. Today is Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1941, Joe DiMaggio began his historic major league baseball hitting streak of 56 games. In 1970, A&M Records released Close to You, the Carpenters second album. The title song became the first of six consecutive million sellers by Karen & Richard and led to a Best New Artist Grammy for the duo. In 1970, President Nixon appointed America's first two female generals. In 1974, Mr.& Mrs. Frank Zappa announced the birth of their third child, Ahmet Rodan. He was named after a Japanese movie monster who lived on a diet of 707 jets. In 1978, singer Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of pop songs. The LP stayed on the music charts for 10 years and sold over 5-million copies. In 1988, the #1 selling non-fiction book on the New York Times list was Michael Jackson’s autobiography, Moonwalker. In 2010, Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo. She was 16.

Trivia Answer: Emmitt Smith who turns 49 today. The Dallas Cowboys selected him in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft. During his long professional career, he became the NFL's all-time rushing leader, breaking the record formerly held by Walter Payton. Emmitt played for three Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys teams. It was in 1993 that he won a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. Smith is the only player to tell John Madden that Madden NFL rated his skills too high. Smith was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Monday 5.14.18
Morning Trivia: He was a blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. He introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that influenced many later electric blues guitarists. He was born on a cotton plantation in Berclair, Mississippi, and later worked at a cotton gin in Indianola, Mississippi. He was attracted to music and the guitar in church, and began his performance career in juke joints and local radio. He later lived in Memphis, Tennessee, and Chicago, and toured the world extensively. He was nicknamed The King of the Blues. Who was he?

Not a great weekend for the Mariners. The Detroit Tigers beat them yesterday 5-4. The Ms not only lost the game, they lost a road series for the first time all season, and they lost Robinson Cano for an extended period. Seattle now heads to Minnesota for a makeup game tonight after the teams were postponed back on April 8th. Wade LeBlanc starts for the Mariners tonight at 4:10.

Robinson Cano left Seattle's game at Detroit yesterday in the third inning with a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch. Cano was struck by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy, then went to the dugout while being replaced by a pinch runner. Cano is hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season. He hit a three-run homer in Seattle's win Saturday night. Cano is one of the team's biggest stars. In the fifth season of a $240 million, 10-year contract, Cano has played in at least 150 games in each of the last 11 seasons.

A sad note: Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox has died at the age of 86. Knox's granddaughter confirmed his death in a tweet yesterday. Knox led the Seahawks to their first-ever playoffs in his first season as Seahawks head coach in 1983. He went on to coach the team through the 1991 season. He was a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor and was named NFL Coach of the Year twice with the Seahawks. He took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game.

Birthdays: Star Wars director George Lucas is 74; from The Talking Heads, frontman David Byrne is 66; director of the Back to the Future films, Robert Zemeckis is also 66; the Life is a Highway guy, singer Tom Cochrane is 65; Poison guitarist C.C. Deville is 56; from Milli Vanilli, Fabrice Morvan is 52; Goose -- former NFL player now a sideline analyst for Fox, Tony Siragusa is 51; actress Cate Blanchett is 49; daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and a director in her own right, Sofia Coppola is 47; and computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is 34.

Today is Lewis & Clark Day. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark left St. Louis on this date in 1804. Today is National Dance Like a Chicken Day. Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1856, US Secretary of War Jefferson Davis brought the first camels to America to test as military pack animals. The project was abandoned because the camels wouldn’t follow orders and they stunk. In 1904, the first Olympic games to be held in the US opened in St. Louis. In 1969, the last Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the Willow Run assembly line in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 1988, the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary celebration held at New York’s Madison Square Garden saw the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunite with Jason Bonham on drums. In 1998, Frank Sinatra died after a heart attack at the age of 82. Also in 1998, NBC-TV aired the final episode of Seinfeld. In 2004, Coldplay's Chris Martin and his wife at the time, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, became the proud parents of a baby girl, Apple Blythe Alison Martin.

In a surprise to absolutely no one, Avengers: Infinity War handily won its third weekend in release. The big story this weekend though was the film’s international performance. Infinity War finally opened in the highly lucrative Chinese market and pulled in a hefty $200 million, exceeding the entire runs of The Avengers and Captain America: Civil War in China. Perhaps surprisingly, this $200 million represents only the second biggest three-day opening ever in LC, which is a testament to just how huge the China market can be and explains why Hollywood is all about appealing to Chinese audiences. Infinity War the #5 release of all-time worldwide, surpassing the worldwide grosses of both previous Avengers movies, Furious 7, Frozen, Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. It seems like a foregone conclusion now that Infinity War will pass Jurassic World to secure the #4 slot on the all-time chart, but from there it gets a bit trickier. In the second slot this weekend was Life of the Party. Breaking In finished at No. 3. Fourth place went to Overboard (2018) while A Quiet Place rounded out the top five.

Trivia Answer: Riley B. King known professionally as B.B. King. Early on, he was dubbed The Beale Street Blues Boy -- that was shortened to B.B. He cut his first record in 1949. King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. In 1956 alone, he reportedly appeared at 342 shows. King's favorite guitar is named Lucille. King died at the age of 89 on this date in 2015, from congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes.

Friday 5.11.18
Morning Trivia: One of the original MTV veejays, Martha Quinn, turns 59 today. Can you name all five of the original veejays?

The Mariners have yet to lose a series on the road. In the rubber match with the Toronto Blue Jays last night, Kyle Seager hit two home runs -- including his fourth career grand slam -- and Jean Segura had four hits as the Mariners beat the Jays 9-3. Mariners right-hander Mike Leake matched a season high by pitching seven innings. He allowed two runs and six hits. Seager hit a two-out grand slam off former Mariner, left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning and a leadoff shot against Jake Petricka in the fifth, his seventh career multihomer game. Seager's homers were his fifth and sixth of the season. Ryon Healy and Mike Zunino added solo home runs for Seattle. Seattle had 17 hits, matching its season high for a nine-inning game. The Mariners also had 17 hits against Oakland on April 14th. The Ms now move on to Detroit for three starting this afternoon at 4:10. Manager Scott Servais won't be with the team tonight and tomorrow. He's going to see his daughter get her masters degree from Ole Miss. Manny Acta will act as manager.

Birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 91; minister Louis Farrakhan is 85; from The Animals, singer Eric Burdon is 77; one of the original MTV V-J’s, Martha Quinn is 59; and quarterback Cam Newton is 29.

Today is Eat What You Want Day. People spend so much time stressing over their diet, and what they should or shouldn't eat, give yourself a break and eat what you want today. If you’ve ever had a root canal you probably appreciated how it fixed your pain … eventually. But you probably didn’t appreciate the root canal itself. Today’s a day to change that, because it’s Root Canal Appreciation Day. Yes, really. Dr. Chris Kammer, a dentist, created the day back in 2005. You’re probably not surprised that a dentist would be behind this. But Dr. Kammer isn't just any dentist. He’s the Rock and Roll Dentist. He's performed with Deep Purple, Kiss, Garbage and others. Today is Twilight Zone Day, a mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day. Research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. In researching this day, there was no logical roots for this day. The TV show first aired on October 1st of 1959. May 11th marks neither the birth nor the death of the shows's creator Rod Serling. It just is.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1792, the Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray. In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded. In 1947, the creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the BF Goodrich Company. In 1965, The Byrds made their TV debut with Mr. Tambourine Man on NBC's Hullabaloo. In 1981, Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital. He was 36. In 1985, Madonna's single Crazy For You hit #1. In 1990, singer Ritchie Valens received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, almost 33 years after his death. In 1995, Jimmy Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26th of 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash. In 2015, Fox announced that American Idol would conclude at the end of its fifteenth season.

Americans have always loved their beer. But not every state loves the beverage equally. According to new data, New Hampshire surpasses all other states in terms of the gallons of beer consumed per capita. Each resident of New Hampshire drinks, on average, 40.6 gallons of beer per year, which is more than twice as much as the 18.7 gallons consumed by the people living in Utah, the state that drinks the least amount of beer in the country.

On television, it's the premiere of Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition. As the title implies, this spinoff sees celebs going undercover. In the premiere, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas goes undercover to discover gifted gymnasts and coaches. It's tonight on CBS.

Malaysia just elected a 92-year-old leader. Apparently they wanted someone who didn’t know how to use Twitter.

Trivia Answer: The original veejays were Martha, with her petite, girl next door personality which made her extremely popular among viewers. The others were Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and J.J. Jackson.

Thursday 5.10.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1954, the song credited with being the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts was released. Can you name the song?

The Toronto Blue Jays rallied late to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 last night. Toronto started the eighth with five straight hits off Mariners reliever Juan Nicasio, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. A night after Seattle's James Paxton tossed a no-hitter, the Blue Jays made sure the feat would not happen again when Teoscar Hernandez singled to begin the bottom of the first. Seattle has not won consecutive games since April 28th and 29th. The roof at Rogers Centre was open for the first time this season. In the series rubber match tonight, Mike Leake gets the start. Game time is this afternoon at 4:00.

Birthdays: Singer Carl Douglas -- known for the song Kung Fu Fighting -- is 76; singer Donovan is 72; singer-songwriter Dave Mason is also 72; Boomer, sportscaster Chris Berman is 63; and from U2, Bono is 58.

Today is Trust Your Intuition Day, a day to pay homage to gut feelings. Todays is Clean Up Your Room Day -- a day parents eagerly await ... and kids dread. If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". Messy is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the folks. To mom and dad's delight, and every child's chagrin, Clean Up Your Room Day arrives every May 10th. Get out the shovels. Call in an industrial sized dumpster. Its time. Note to kids: Clean Up Your Room Day also applies to your parents. You may want to inspect to assure that mom and dad practice what they preach.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the US. In 1908, the first Mother's Day observance took place in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1963, Decca Records signed The Rolling Stones. The group had been recommended by Beatle George Harrison. In 1974, Eric Clapton recorded I Shot the Sheriff. Also in 1974, The Who sold out four nights at Madison Square Garden in just eight hours. In 1985, The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. In 1986, actress Heather Locklear and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee were married. In 2001, the Boeing Company announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, Illinois. In 2002, NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year stay in Charlotte. In 2005, Seal married Heidi Klum on a beach in Mexico.

Trivia Answer: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets. Rock Around the Clock is a 12-bar-blues-based song written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers in 1952. The best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954. It was not the first rock and roll record, nor was it the first successful record of the genre but it was the first to top the Billboard chart and became an anthem for rebellious Fifties youth. It's widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. The song is ranked #158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Wednesday 5.9.18
Morning Trivia: His first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1, episode 4, of The Wonder Years, in 1988. He has since co-starred in two successful television series: Northern Exposure and Sex and the City. He also played the leading male role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He has never been married and has said that he doesn't see himself getting married or having kids but he has been in a long-term relationship with Bo Derek since 2002. Who is he?

The Big Maple -- James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners -- became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 last night. Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter. Paxton is from British Columbia. He pointed to a tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. Paxton threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year. Paxton struck out seven, walked three, and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. This was the sixth no-hitter for the Mariners franchise, and the first since Hisashi Iwakuma did it against Baltimore in 2015. Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game in 2012, and Randy Johnson tossed Seattle's first no-hitter in 1990. The Ms and Blue Jays meet up again tonight in game two of the three-game set. Wade LeBlanc is making his second start of the season following five relief appearances. Game time is 4:00 this afternoon.

Birthdays: Actor Albert Finney is 82; producer and director James L. Brooks is 78; singer, songwriter, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member best known for co-forming the bands Buffalo Springfield and Poco, Richie Furay is 74; Murphy Brown, actress Candice Bergen is 72; The Piano Man, multi-Grammy Award winner Billy Joel is 69; Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson is 68; and retired baseball player Prince Fielder is 33.

Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day. A day that recognizes your drawer full of unmatched socks. Each unmatched sock represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday. Today is Hurray for Buttons Day. Today is National Butterscotch Brownie Day. Today is Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day, you are such a rebel.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, Jimmy Davis became governor of Louisiana. He wrote and recorded the hit song You Are My Sunshine, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1962, a laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time. In 1984, in Chicago the White Sox beat Milwaukee 7-6 in the 25th inning of history's longest baseball game: 8 hours 6 minutes. The game began the night before but was suspended because then there was a 1:00 am curfew. In 1985, Phil Collins released the single Sussudio. In 2000, a US federal appeals court upheld a $5.4 million jury decision that Michael Bolton had plagiarized parts of the song Love is a Wonderful Thing. The original song, of the same name, was released in 1966 by the Isley Brothers. Also in 2000, the owner of a small Dutch tobacco shop won $4.1 million in the lottery by mistake. Having accidentally printed up more tickets than he could sell, he was forced, by law, to buy the remainder himself. One of the extra tickets was a big winner.

A new study finds half of Americans wear jeans the a majority of the week. 50 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Republicans wear jeans at least four days of the week.

As Mother's Day approaches, you may want to think twice before serving mom breakfast in bed. According to a survey, 70 percent of moms would rather sleep or have uninterrupted time to themselves than get breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. The survey also showed that nearly 80 percent of moms are torn equally between spending an extra hour with their children, or themselves.

Trivia Answer: John Corbett who turns 57 today. He is best-known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995.

Tuesday 5.8.18
Morning Trivia: He was a stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor and author. He became well known as an insult comic. Beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the NBC television sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey. He received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk and variety shows, including The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman. He voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for a 2007 documentary. Who is he?

After an off day yesterday, the Seattle Mariners are off on a 7-game road trip. They start off with 3 in Toronto. James Paxton starts game one this afternoon at 4:00.

Former Tacoma Rainier and Seattle Mariner, now a Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar has been released from a hospital, and a doctor who treated the 31-year-old right-hander expects he will pitch again but not this season. The White Sox said in a statement yesterday that Farquhar is resting at home with his family after being discharged from Rush University Medical Center. Farquhar collapsed in the dugout with a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm during a game against Houston on April 20th. He had surgery the following day.

Birthdays: From The Captain & Tennille, singer Toni Tennille is 78; singer Gary Glitter is 74; jazz and classical pianist Keith Jarrett is 73; from Earth Wind & Fire, singer Philip Bailey is 67; from Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen is 65; former NFL player and coach now a studio analyst for The NFL Today, Bill Cowher is 61; another former player turned coach -- now in the college ranks -- Lovie Smith is 60; actress and television director -- Half Pint on Little House on the Prairie -- is 54; from Savage Garden, singer Darren Hayes is 46; singer Enrique Iglesias is 43; and blues rock musician, singer and songwriter, Joe Bonamassa is 41.

This being Tuesday of the first full week of May, it's National Teacher's Day. Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Today is Iris Day, a day that celebrates the late spring bloomers. Today is V-E Day -- Victory in Europe Day -- which commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II on this date in 1945. It’s International Red Cross Day. And it's Have A Coke Day. May 8th is always National Have A Coke Day, while July 10th is The Real Thing Day (marking when Coke Classic Debuted). It’s No Socks Day, a chance to free your feets from socks and stockings and to give your toes a breath of fresh air. In addition to the liberating feeling of the day it has the advantage that it reduces your laundry load, which is environmentally friendly.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1886, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, John Pemberton made the first batch of a new health tonic flavored with coca leaves. The mixture flopped as a tonic, but did pretty well as a soft drink called Coca-Cola. In 1956, Alfred E. Neuman first appeared on the cover of Mad magazine. His slogan: "What, me worry?" In 1970, The Beatles released the album Let It Be. In 1973, militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. In 1977, County Commissioners in Parker County voted Buck Naked, Texas, out of existence. They decided that Buck Naked road signs caused too many misunderstandings. Residents had chosen the name as a joke. In 1984, the Soviet Union announced that they would not participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles. In 1985, "New Coke" was released to the public on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola. In 1989, a 23-year-old University of Kansas student died from injuries suffered when a soft drink machine fell on him. He had rocked the machine after it took his money but didn’t release a drink. He was the 9th American killed by overturned vending machines in a 3-year period. In 1990, Tom Waits won $2.5 million when a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos ads. In 1999, the first female cadet graduated from The Citadel military college.

If you think raising a kid is expensive ... you're right. A new survey finds the average parent spends $9,470 every year on each of their kids. The Northeast spends the most on their children, with Washington DC parents shelling out on average $17,921 a year on each child.

Trivia Answer: Don Rickles who was born on this date in 1926. When he began his career in the early 1950s, he started calling ill-mannered members of the audience "hockey pucks". During an interview on Larry King Live, Rickles credited Milton Berle's comedy style for inspiring him to enter show business. That 2007 documentary was Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, a documentary about Rickles directed by John Landis. It made its debut on HBO in December of 2007. Rickles won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, besting a number of notable comics, including David Letterman, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. In May of 2014, Rickles was honored by Spike TV's "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles". Recorded live at New York City's Apollo Theater, Jerry Seinfeld was the master of ceremonies for the two-hour special, with live monologues by Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Tracy Morgan, Brian Williams, Regis Philbin, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. Recorded segments included bits from Bob Newhart, Jimmy Kimmel, and Eddie Murphy. Don Rickles died of kidney failure on April 6th of 2017.

Monday 5.7.18
Morning Trivia: He's a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he continued to strive for broader success with various other bands. In 1973, he put together a group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful on the national level. A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, he wrote and recorded songs that dealt with love, women and blue-collar themes and is an example of heartland rock. Who is he?

The Mariners could have taken over first place in the AL West with a win yesterday but alas, they lost. Shohei Ohtani returned from a sprained ankle and took a shutout into the seventh inning while outpitching Felix Hernandez, Mike Trout hit his 12th home run, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rolled over the Ms 8-2 yesterday. An off day for Seattle today. James Paxton gets the start in his native country tomorrow when the Mariners open a series in Toronto.

Birthdays: Singer Thelma Houston is 72; the son of stunt performer Evel Knievel, and a daredevil in his own right, Robbie Knievel is 56; actress Traci Lords is 50; and singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 47.

Today is National Tourism day, a day for municipalities and tourism sites around the country to promote their area or region. Today is the Fire Escape Ladder's Birthday, Joseph Richard Winters on May 7th of 1878 received US Patent number 203,517 for a wagon-mounted fire escape ladder.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Reginald Dwight changed his name to Elton John. In 1969, the Canadian Broadcasting Company stopped advertising tobacco products. In 1984, a $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the Agent Orange class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who claimed they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant while serving in the armed forces. In 1987, Shelly Long, as Diane Chambers, made her last appearance as a regular on the TV show Cheers. In 1991, a judge in Macon, Georgia dismissed a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music. Also in 1991, a bandit tried to hold up a Jacksonville, Florida, supermarket wearing a paper bag over his head with eyeholes cut so he could see. But when he moved, the bag shifted and he couldn’t see. While he adjusted the bag it tore, exposing his face … which a checker recognized as one of the store’s regular customers. In 1998, Steve Perry left Journey for a second time after the band decided to tour without him. He was suffering from back trouble. In 2000, Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as president of Russia. In 2002, Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew died at age 28. It was 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby. In 2003, a man wanted for trafficking and possession of cocaine was arrested when his parole officer spotted him kissing his girlfriend in a live crowd shot displayed on the scoreboard at a Cincinnati Reds game. The suspect and his parole officer attended the same game when the smooching couple were caught by the Kiss Cam at Great American Ball Park. The parole officer and a police officer arrested the 24-year-old man in his front row seat. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine published its 1000th issue.

After having the biggest opening weekend in history, Avengers: Infinity War is continuing its trek to be the highest-earning movie of all time. Over the weekend it made another $112.5 million across North American and rocketed past the $1 billion mark worldwide in record time. And the movie hasn't even opened in China yet.

Trivia Answer: Bob Seger who turned 73 yesterday. That group of Detroit-area musicians that he put together was The Silver Bullet Band. That breakout album in 1976 was Night Moves. Seger has recorded numerous hits, including Night Moves, Turn the Page, Still the Same, We've Got Tonight, Against the Wind, You'll Accomp'ny Me, Like a Rock, and Shakedown, which was written for Beverly Hills Cop II in 1987. Seger also co-wrote the Eagles' number-one hit Heartache Tonight, and his recording of Old Time Rock and Roll was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning six decades, Seger has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. He was named Billboard's 2015 Legend of Live honoree.

Friday 5.4.18
Morning Trivia: On this date in 1979, she became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Who is she?

Dee Gordon had another big night on the bases, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 last night. Gordon went 3 for 4, stole two bases, scored twice, and set the table for the three-run third inning that proved the difference against the A's and their emerging left-handed ace, Sean Manaea. Manaea entered the game with a 1.03 ERA and the lowest opponents' batting average (.134) in the majors. He gave up four runs and six hits while striking out five in six innings. Up next, the Mariners welcome the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in for a three-game weekend series. Game one is tonight at 7:10.

It's perhaps the end of an era. Ichiro was released yesterday by the Seattle Mariners. He's not going anywhere, though. He's shifting into a front office role with the team, although he's not completely shutting the door on playing again. The Ms announced that Ich was becoming a special assistant to the chairman effective immediately. The team said Suzuki will have an active presence with the team and assist with outfield play, base running, and hitting. Nowhere in the announcement was it mentioned that the 44-year-old is retiring. Rules, however, preclude him from returning to the active roster this year.

Birthdays: Michael Jackson's mom, Katherine Jackson is 88; Author and political commentator George F. Will is 77; Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is 67; from Seattle, singer Oleta Adams is 65; singer and actress Pia Zadora is also 65; singer Randy Travis is 59; actor and comedian Will Arnett is 48; Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is 46; sportscaster Erin Andrews is 40; from NSYNC, singer Lance Bass is 39.

May is International Repect for Chickens Month and today is International Respect for Chickens Day, a day to stick up for chickens. Today is Renewal Day. It's a day of new, and old, beginnings. Things get old and out of sorts. We lose touch with friends, loved ones, and relationships. For whatever reason, we let "it" go. Well, whatever "it" is, today is the day to renew it, rejuvenate it, and bring the spark back into it. It's National Candied Orange Peel Day, a day dedicated to ... you guessed it ... candied orange peels. Now, just what the heck is a candied orange peel? And, is it edible? Yes, it's edible. If you are a chef or a baker, then you know just what it is, and how to use it. For the rest of us, we likely have enjoyed it in seasonal baked goods all of our lives, without even knowing we have eaten it. Candied orange peels are a boiled, sliced, sugar added treat. You can eat them by themselves. But most often, they are used in holiday cookies, snacks, and fruitcake. Today is Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you. If you want to celebrate by watching every Star Wars flick -- including The Last Jedi and Rogue One -- it will take approximately 20 hours and 16 minutes.

Calendar note: On this date in 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in Hollywood. In 1959, the winners of the very first Grammy Awards were announced. In 1964, Another World premiered on NBC-TV. In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded. In 1975, Moe Howard, the last of the original Three Stooges, died of cancer at age 78. His real name was Moses Horwitz. Moe, with his brothers Curly and Shemp, created the Three Stooges as a vaudeville act. They made 190 short movies. In 1987, Playtex became the first manufacturer to air TV ads featuring live models wearing bras. In 2001, actress Bonnie Lee Bakley was fatally shot while sitting in a car waiting for her actor husband Robert Blake. In April of 2002, Blake was charged with the murder, but a jury acquitted him in 2005. In 2012, in Las Vegas, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

Two or three beers may be a better painkiller than the stuff you get in the drugstore, according to a British study. Researchers say they discovered strong evidence that alcohol is an effective painkiller. They also concluded the more beer people drank, the less pain they felt. The study compared 18 different controlled experiments that involved 404 people. They found that a blood alcohol content of .08, about three or four regular drinks, can reduce pain by up to 25 percent. It also increased pain tolerance a little.

Trivia Answer: Margaret Thatcher -- Maggie Thatcher -- who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. Not only was she the first female Prime Minister, she was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. In 2013 she died of a stroke in London at the age of 87. Always a controversial figure, she has nonetheless been lauded as one of the greatest, most influential, and widest-known politicians in British history.

Thursday 5.3.18
Morning Trivia: This singer and actor was born in Tacoma. Three years later, his family moved to Spokane. When this guy was was 10, his father built the family a house in Spokane -- a house that now sits on the campus of this singer's alma mater, Gonzaga University, and formerly housed the Alumni Association. This singer's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. Who is he?

James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven dominant innings and won't get a win. The Seattle bullpen blew a late lead and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Mariners 3-2 last night. Paxton was overpowering in arguably the finest performance of his career, posting the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on August 8th of 1997. Paxton left with a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning, then Mark Canha opened the ninth with a home run against Edwin Diaz. Diaz had allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances this season. The Ms and As wrap up their series tonight at 7:10.

Birthdays: Singer Frankie Valli is 84; inventor Ron Popeil is 83; sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 72; singer Mary Hopkin is 68; Grammy winner, singer Christopher Cross is 67; the current bass player REO Speedwagon, Bruce Hall is 65; and singer-songwriter Angela Bofill is 54.

One of the lesser-known holidays is today's Lumpy Rug Day, where we dedicate time to appreciating our rugs. No rug should ever become lumpy or ragged, and so every year people are encouraged to smooth their rugs out and revel in the beauty of a perfectly flat rug. Today is Garden Meditation Day. Today is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, a day to take a risk and step outside your daily routine. Today is Paranormal Day. A day for all those who believe in paranormal activity to share experiences all around the world. At the very least, it’s a great excuse to catch up with friends and watch a scary movie. Today is World Press Freedom Day. The day to recognize the value of freedom of expression, and the sacrifices journalists have made to attain this freedom.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1654, America's first toll bridge was competed over the Newbury River at Rowley, Massachusetts. The authorizing legislation set the toll at two shillings per cow, ox, or horse, and a half shilling per hog, sheep, or goat. No toll was permitted on people crossing the bridge. In 1921, West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax in the US. In 1937, Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for Gone With The Wind. In 1976, Wings kicked off their Wings Over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas. It was Paul McCartney's first American live show in 10 years. In 1991, the final episode of Dallas aired on CBS. Lasting 13 seasons in prime-time, it was second in longevity only to Gunsmoke. In 1992, five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King. In 2003: President Bush told a news conference in Crawford, Texas, it was a matter of when, not if, weapons of mass destruction would be found in Iraq. In 2016, Billboard reported that Prince became the first act to concurrently chart five albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 since the merging of their stereo and mono lists in 1963. In the first full tracking week following Prince's death, he had 19 albums on the top 200 list.

Work spouse relationships often start out innocently: Coworkers grab lunch, share inside jokes, commiserate. Sometimes, though, they go too far. How do you know if you’ve gone too far with your work spouse? You’ve crossed the line if you’re hiding any aspect of your relationship from your spouse, meeting after work for social rather than work situations, start moving your conversations from business to personal topics, and specifically if you start complaining about your real spouse.

Trivia Answer: Bing Crosby who was born on this date in 1903. A multimedia star, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. The biggest hit of Crosby's career was his recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which he introduced through a radio broadcast during the 1942 Christmas season, and the movie Holiday Inn. The Crosby House in Tumwater was Bing Crosby's grandfather's house. Crosby's recording hit the charts on October 3, 1942, and rose to #1 on October 31, where it stayed for 11 weeks. A holiday perennial, the song was repeatedly re-released by Decca, charting another 16 times. It topped the charts again in 1945, and for a third time in January 1947. The song remains the best-selling single of all time. According to Guinness World Records, Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has "sold over 100 million copies around the world, with at least 50 million sales as singles." Crosby's recording was so popular that he was obliged to re-record it in 1947 using the same musicians and backup singers; the original 1942 master had become damaged due to its frequent use in pressing additional singles. Though the two versions are very similar, it is the 1947 recording which is most familiar today.

Wednesday 5.2.18
Morning Trivia: She was a singer, songwriter, and actress. In 1963 -- at the age of 16 -- she recorded the song It's My Party with producer Quincy Jones. Who was she?

Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, Dee Gordon had five hits, and Felix Hernandez pitched six solid innings to propel the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Oakland Athletics last night. A gritty start by A's right-hander Andrew Triggs that kept his team in a 1-1 deadlock through four innings at Safeco Field unraveled in the fifth. With two outs and two runners on, Cruz hammered Triggs' first pitch over the fence in left-center to give Seattle a lead it would not relinquish. The Mariners held on for their third consecutive victory and sixth in their last seven. Seattle closer Edwin Diaz struck out two in a shutout ninth to notch his majors-leading 12th save. The Ms and As match up again tonight at 7:10 with James Paxton starting for Seattle.

These two teams get together again to start next year. The Mariners and Athletics will play an opening two-game series in Tokyo on March 20th and 21st next season. It's the fifth time Major League Baseball will start its season in Japan. Major League Baseball said yesterday that Oakland will be the home team for both games. Both the Athletics and Mariners will play Japanese teams in exhibitions on March 17th and 18th.

Birthdays: Engelbert Humperdinck is 82; Mick Jagger's ex, Bianca Jagger is 73; the original lead singer of Foreigner, Lou Gramm is 68; The Rock, wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson is 46; soccer celebrity David Beckham is 43; singer-songwriter Lily Allen is 33; race car driver Kyle Busch is also 33; and the only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge -- she's fourth in the line of succession to the British throne -- Princess Charlotte of Cambridge -- is 3.

Smiley, squishy, faces are perfect reasons to put Baby Day on the map. Today is National Babies Day, a day to celebrate babies. Babies Day is observed on the birth date of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Today is also Brothers and Sisters Day -- a day to cherish your siblings. Sure, there are times when you love your brothers and sisters. And, there are times when you want to disown them. All in all, though, having a brother and/or a sister or two, is invaluable. The older you get, the more you learn to appreciate them.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1939, not hitting well, Ironman Lou Gehrig approached his manager and said, "I'm benching myself, Joe for the good of the team." That after playing 2,130 consecutive games. The Yankees destroyed Detroit 22-2, and Gehrig never played baseball again. In 1974, the filming of the movie Jaws began in Martha's Vineyard. In 1975, The Beatles closed down Apple Records. In 1977, Eric Clapton recorded Wonderful Tonight. In 1988, Melissa Etheridge released her self-titled debut album. In 1997, 44-year-old Tony Blair became Britains youngest prime minister in 185 years. In 2007, Iowa spent $6,000 to change the locks at one of its state prisons after someone paid $12 on e-Bay for a set of keys belonging to a guard who retired in the 1970s. The warden said he did not know if any of the old keys actually opened any of the locks in the 135-year-old prison -- but he was not sure they didn't. The prison housed a number of violent criminals.

Trivia Answer: Lesley Sue Goldstein, known professionally as Lesley Gore, who was born on this date in 1946. She followed It's My Party with other hits including Judy's Turn to Cry, She's a Fool, You Don't Own Me, Maybe I Know and California Nights. Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Out Here on My Own, written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film. Gore had been working on a memoir and a Broadway show based on her life when she died of lung cancer on February 16th of 2015. She was 68 years old.

Tuesday 5.1.18
Morning Trivia: She's a singer and songwriter known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records -- which has included folk music, show tunes, pop music, rock and roll and standards -- and for her social activism. Her debut album was released in 1961, but it was the lead single from her 1967 album Wildflowers, the song Both Sides Now — written by Joni Mitchell — that brought her international prominence. Who is she?

The Seattle Mariners have only lost one series this season, and that was against the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. The injury bug has nagged the Mariners again this year but in their three games with their full lineup, the Ms scored 27 runs -- nine per game. The Mariners hit four home runs on Sunday, after they hit four home runs on Saturday, as well, and two on Friday. Sunday was the sixth time the Mariners have scored eight runs or more in a game. In all, the Mariners finished their 10-game road trip with a 7-and-3 record and improved to 16-11. Closer Edwin Diaz leads the major leagues with 11 saves in 11 opportunities. He’s allowed one run in 14 1/3 innings pitched -- and he’s struck out 27. This is the Mariners’ best start to a season since they were 17-and-10 in back in 2003. The Ms try to keep things rolling as they open a 6-game homestand tonight -- they have 3 with Oakland, and then three with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Game one is tonight against the As. Felix Hernandez gets the start tonight. Game time is 7:10.

Birthdays: Singer Rita Coolidge is 73; Paul Sr. from American Chopper is 69; singer and songwriter Ray Parker, Jr. is 64; Faith Hill’s husband, singer Tim McGraw is 51; and Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise, actor Jamie Dornan is 36.

Today is May Day, originally a festival in honor of Flora, the Roman goddess of spring, May Day has traditionally been a time to gather flowers and welcome warm weather. In the late 1800s, May Day also became a day to honor workers. Today is Labor day in 140 countries. The US, Canada, and Bermuda are the only countries that observe Labor Day in September. The Bahamas celebrates in June.

May birthstone: the emerald. May's flower: lily of the valley. May is National Bike Month, National Barbecue Month, Clean Air Month, Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, Arthritis Month, Family Wellness Month, Heal the Children Month, Get Caught Reading Month, National Mental Health Month, National Hamburger Month, Egg Month, Moving Month, Motorcycle Safety Month, Womens Health Care Month, Victorious Woman Month, Older Americans Month, Teen Self-Esteem Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Vinegar Month, Salad Month, Salsa Month, and Smile Month.

Today is School Principals' Day. Today is also Law Day, and New Home Owners Day. It’s Save a Rhino Day, and it’s Mother Goose Day. The day was created only recently -- in 1987 -- as a day to appreciate nursery rhymes and stories. It's International Tuba Day -- recognizing musicians around the world who struggle with the weight and size of their big instrument.

Calendar notes: On this date in 1889, the Bayer company of Germany introduced aspirin in powdered form. In 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated in New York City. It was 102 stories tall and was the tallest building in the world at the time. In 1941, Citizen Kane, directed and starring Orson Welles, premiered in New York. In 1967, Elvis married Priscilla, daughter of a US Army colonel, at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. They divorced in 1973. In 1972, The Eagles' Take It Easy was released. It was their first single. In 1991, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. However, his accomplishment was overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitched his seventh career no-hitter, striking out 18 and breaking his own record. In 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, beaten motorist Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm. King asked, "Can we all get along?" In 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11th attacks was killed by United States special forces in Pakistan. Due to the time difference between the United States and Pakistan, bin Laden was actually killed on May 2nd.

Trivia Answer: Judie Collins who was born in Seattle 79 years ago today. The tune Both Sides Now was written by Joni Mitchell. The single hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and won Collins her first Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance. Collins experienced the biggest success of her career with her recording of Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns. The single charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and then again in 1977, spending 27 non-consecutive weeks on the chart and earning Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, as well as a Grammy Award for Sondheim for Song of the Year.