Los Angeles Dodgers frustrated by non-call in ninth in loss to San Francisco Giants

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “(Kelly) blocked him,” Mattingly said. “The third base coach is not allowed to block the runner from continuing in. It’s obviously interference. They missed the call, basically. I don’t know who’s supposed to be watching but they weren’t watching.”The explanation Mattingly received from third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth was simple: “He was watching the play.”Blanco told reporters that he did make contact with Kelly, “but I was already stopping. It wasn’t like he stopped me. I was already on the base. It wasn’t like he grabbed me.”Frustrating as it was, the Dodgers’ ninth-inning jam was of their own making.Buster Posey led off the inning with a one-out single off Chris Hatcher (0-2), whose next pitch hit Justin Maxwell. Howell relieved Hatcher and allowed an opposite-field single to Brandon Belt, loading the bases when Blanco stopped at third. Even Howell admitted that losing the game on a coach’s interference would not have been satisfying.“They still got the hits they needed,” Howell said. “That would have been luck. That would have been just straight lucky. I don’t know if (Blanco) was going to run or not. It’d be nice to get ‘em out truly, not from a coach touching somebody. I’d rather just get ‘em out.”And yet, that might not have been the most frustrating part of the loss.After Hatcher’s pitch hit Maxwell, it ricocheted off the helmet of catcher A.J. Ellis, then off a knuckle on his bare (right) throwing hand. Ellis had to leave the game after he was unable to make a couple of short throws back to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.Ellis told reporters after the game that X-rays on his hand were negative.Alex Guerrero’s pinch-hit, two-run home run brought the Dodgers back from a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning against Madison Bumgarner. The Giants got both their runs off Clayton Kershaw in the third inning, using the same brand of small ball they used to strike first Tuesday. Joaquin Arias led off the inning with a single. Brandon Crawford walked and Bumgarner bunted both runners over.Norichika Aoki then hit a ground ball to shortstop, where Jimmy Rollins elected to throw to first base to get the sure out. Crawford advanced to third base and score on a single by Matt Duffy. The starting pitchers but did not figure into the decision. It was the first time the reigning regular season MVP and World Series MVP opposed each other on the mound. Both pitchers saw their workdays end at 9:19 p.m., when Guerrero pinch hit for Kershaw and hit Bumgarner’s final pitch for a home run to left field.center_img SAN FRANCISCO — They say you can throw both teams’ records out the window when the Dodgers play the Giants.They didn’t say anything about the rulebook.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a few reasons to be frustrated after the Giants won, 3-2, on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday at AT&T Park. Chief among them: a non-call by the umpires after Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly appeared to interfere with Gregor Blanco as Blanco rounded third base on a single to left field.Blanco tagged up and scored when the next batter, Joe Panik, flew out to center field, ending the game.last_img read more

Lodsys targets Angry Birds maker Rovio for infringing inapp purchase pa

first_imgLodsys is earning quite a reputation for patent trolling, and they don’t seem to show any signs of letting up. Now the company has sued Rovio for violating its patents by giving users the ability to make in-app purchases of new levels while playing Angry Birds.Lodsys’ “scatter-shot lawsuit” approach to enforcing its patents has been a point of contention for mobile app developers, smartphone OS companies like Apple and Google, and Lodsys’ legal teams for months now. Lodsys started by sending shadowy cease-and-desist orders requesting money and royalties from indie app developers for iOS and Android, but then backed off when Apple and Google stood up for their devs.Since then, Lodsys has sought to reinterpret their patent to include not just in-app purchases, but links inside of mobile apps to buy additional content from the same developer. Lodsys says purchasing or linking to purchasable material inside a mobile application is their technology and they should be paid if anyone uses it.This has been Lodsys’ approach to all of its lawsuits thus far, bullying developers into either paying them royalties or facing a drawn out legal battle to defend themselves. Rovio is just their latest target, and one of the most highly notable and visible.The problem with Lodsys’ lawsuit this time is that Rovio isn’t an American company. Rovio is based in Finland, and EU trademark and patent law says that patented technologies must have some physical or tangible effect to be patentable, which is much more stringent than American “ideas can be patents” approach to tradmarks and rights-holding. Lodsys will likely attempt to locate the case in the US, but Rovio would have every right to request it be relocated.Since Rovio is so large, it’s likely they’ll fight Lodsys in court. However, money and royalties may not be Lodsys’ true intentions. A number of EU developers have already complained about Lodsys’ patent trolling, and say they’re hesitant about releasing their games and apps in the US market because of the state of the patent system and worries Lodsys will sue them. It’s just as possible that Lodsys is less interested in money as they are in sabotaging the mobile application market instead.Read more a Mashablelast_img read more