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.

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Kluber walked Gregorius on four pitches and, after Giancarlo Stanton flied out, Hicks clubbed a 3-2 changeup off the center field wall. New York Times, "A Potential Pitching Showcase Melts Into a Rugged Yankees Win," 12 July 2018 And when Brian Dozier and Escobar stood on the corners with two outs in the fifth, Duffy fooled Grossman into rolling over a changeup for a ground-ball out. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals bullpen, dormant offense spoil Danny Duffy's start in narrow loss to Twins," 9 July 2018 The run support was more than enough for Arpino, whose changeup forced several batters to complete their swing before the ball reached the plate. Dan Shulman,, "In D2 debut, Greater New Bedford softball rules South," 16 June 2018 His changeup is still in the developmental stages, but that doesn’t have scouts worried. Nick Shnider, USA TODAY, "Auburn pitcher leads top 30 prospects for Major League Baseball draft," 30 May 2018 Sandoval threw an 88-mph fastball, commanded his curve and mixed in a changeup, and the batters had no answers. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ Pablo Sandoval gets to pitch against Dodgers ... and flat-out dominates," 28 Apr. 2018 For Hendricks, who relies on his changeup and sinker to induce feeble contact, his lack of command has cost him dearly. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs rotation needs Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana to start clicking," 9 July 2018 His fastball hums around 91 mph, his cutter and his changeup disrupt the timing of his opponents and his curveball ends at-bats. Andy Mccullough,, "Jon Lester silences Dodgers bats in Cubs' 4-0 victory," 20 June 2018 Quintana’s pitches were just as effective as Hendricks’ changeup and curve Monday. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs bullpen rotation: Steve Cishek won't pitch Wednesday, Brandon Morrow available again," 11 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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