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A database of terms that relate to the sport of baseball, a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a 90-foot diamond.

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live ball

Sports; Baseball

This is a ball that is in play.

losing pitcher

Sports; Baseball

The pitcher who is determined to have lost the game for his team. This is not necessarily the pitcher who started the game.

line drive

Sports; Baseball

This is a batted ball that goes sharp and direct from the bat to the filed or right to a fielder without touching the ground. See also Frozen Rope.


Sports; Baseball

A pitch that is thrown more with the knuckles then the fingers. It is a slow moving pitch that tends to move around a lot. Very few pitchers throw knuckleballs because they are so difficult to throw.


Sports; Baseball

Within the law or in this case observing and playing by the rules.


Sports; Baseball

See Relief Pitcher

lead off hitter

Sports; Baseball

This is the batter who is first in the batting order.

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