change·​up | \ ˈchānj-ˌəp How to pronounce changeup (audio) \

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 The homer came on a changeup that hung at the top of the strike zone. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 9 June 2022 Bruin reliever Alonzo Tredwell finished the frame by striking out Sonny DiChiara on a changeup. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 6 June 2022 In the fourth, Skubal added two more strikeouts, getting Anthony Santander swinging on a 83.7 mph changeup and ending the frame by freezing pinch-hitter Chris Owings on a 94.8 mph sinker. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2022 Finally, in the sixth inning, Willi Castro led off with a sharp single to center and two batters later Báez launched an elevated changeup 413 feet to center. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 17 June 2022 June was the only month in which his changeup usage was south of 60%. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 15 June 2022 Right-hander Kyle Hendricks’ changeup has been a staple of his big-league success. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2022 Zimmermann is a changeup pitcher, with nearly an even split on the season between that pitch and his fastball. Matt Cohen, Baltimore Sun, 3 June 2022 Through five innings, the veteran left-hander was perfect, using his herky-jerky delivery and changeup-heavy arsenal to mow through a rebuilding Nationals lineup that, Juan Soto aside, failed to instill much fear. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of changeup

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of changeup was circa 1943

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1 Jul 2022

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“Changeup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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