change·​up | \ˈchānj-ˌəp \

Definition of changeup 

: a slow pitch in baseball thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to deceive the batter

Examples of changeup in a Sentence

The batter struck out on a changeup.

Recent Examples on the Web

So far this season, his changeup has been his best pitch and opponents entered Monday hitting just .148 against the pitch. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 9, Arizona Diamondbacks 5," 26 June 2018 That’s what the scout recalled of Lincecum’s changeup. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Shohei Ohtani the new Freak? Like Tim Lincecum, he’s must-see theater," 10 Apr. 2018 The mustachioed Daniel Mengden had a 1.54 ERA in five second-half starts and the perplexing Jharel Cotton has one of the game's best changeups. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball preview: Several surprising power sources in Oakland," 2 Feb. 2018 Nola, using a heavy dose of changeups, his typically wicked breaking ball, and perfectly placed fastballs, allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out 10. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies prospect Enyel De Los Santos making his MLB debut | Extra Innings," 10 July 2018 Tellier, whose arsenal includes fastballs, curves, sliders, and changeups, had an excellent spring for Braintree High, posting a 2.10 ERA. Andrew Higginbottom,, "Braintree Legion players have something to prove," 29 June 2018 On Tuesday night, after struggling to corral a Mike Montgomery changeup, the Cubs catcher rifled a strike to cut down Braves infielder Charlie Culberson at third base. Dan Wiederer,, "As Cubs look for first-half surge, can Willson Contreras find his hot streak?," 18 May 2018 Is this changeup to larger, heavier rounds (and rifles) necessary? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Officially Looking For a Newer, More Powerful Rifle," 7 Aug. 2017 Alcantara features a high-90s fastball, combined with a low-90s changeup and a developing slider. Matthew Defranks,, "Marlins top pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara headed to DL with armpit infection," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of changeup

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of changeup

baseball : a slow pitch that is thrown with the same motion as a fastball in order to fool the batter

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