Game 13: Umpire Fieldin Culbreth decides the outcome of Dodgers’ 3-2 loss — or does he?

MLB rule 7.09(h): A runner shall be called out when “in the judgment of the umpire the base coach at third base or first base, by touching or holding the runner, physically assists him in returning to or leaving third base or first base.”

This is only one photo frame depicting the interaction between Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly and runner Gregor Blanco in the ninth inning, but it sure looks like 7.09(h) applies here. Doesn’t it?

Don Mattingly sure thought it did. The Dodgers manager popped out of the dugout immediately after the play. If Blanco is out, the Giants have runners on first and second base and two outs, not the bases loaded with one out. Maybe the game is still going. Here’s what Mattingly saw:

But — you knew a “but” was coming — here’s how third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth recalled his conversation with Mattingly, as transcribed by a pool reporter:

“Don came out and asked me did I see him grab him. I told him no, I did not see him grab him. There ends up being contact but the rule is pretty specific in the fact that he had to touch and physically grab him and assist him in returning to the base. That did not happen. If he doesn’t physically assist him in returning to the base then there’s no interference.”

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Dodgers spring training 2015: Zack Greinke, Dodgers fall 8-4 to San Francisco.

"<strongGLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke didn’t pull any punches after his penultimate spring start.

“After today I probably need like five more starts,” Greinke said.

He’ll get one more. Unlike Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, he won’t scale back his pitch-count limit in his next start, which should fall next Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals.

“I’ve thrown enough,” Greinke said. “I should be ready. If I’m not, it’s not because of lack of innings — it’s just not getting ready fast enough. I should be ready when the season starts.”

Greinke allowed five hits, four runs — two scored on a dropped fly ball by Carl Crawford in left field — two walks and three strikeouts. He was pulled after reaching his pitch-count limit (76) with two outs in the fourth inning.

“I wasn’t pitching good that last inning or the inning before,” Greinke said. “It was pretty horrible.”

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke is still on target to start the second game of the season, April 7 against the San Diego Padres.

“I’m confident that he’s going to be ready,” Mattingly said. “It’s just at what level.”

The box score is here.

A couple more notes:
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