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

And the one pitch that’s going to take him over the top is a more consistent changeup. Dom Amore,, "Yard Goats Peter Lambert Out-Duels Mets Prospect Justin Dunn," 17 June 2018 Cashner’s first pitch of the inning was an elevated changeup over the middle of the plate that Phillies second baseman César Hernández hit over the scoreboard in right field to tie the game. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Rain-soaked series dampens Orioles' momentum with 4-1 loss to Phillies," 16 May 2018 Bour hit an elevated changeup for his second home run. Jon Meoli,, "Only homers are hurting Dylan Bundy as Orioles starter rolls on," 17 June 2018 His fourth pitch was an elevated changeup Whit Merrifield scorched for a single to open the game. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Keuchel, Astros top Royals for 10th straight victory," 16 June 2018 Middleton gave up a single to Mac Williamson to lead off the ninth before striking out Brandon Crawford with an 88-mph changeup, Nick Hundley with an 87-mph slider and getting Joe Panik to ground out for his fifth save. Mike Digiovanna,, "Albert Pujols gets his 2,992nd hit with two-run home run in Angels' 4-3 win over Giants," 22 Apr. 2018 With the changeup, being able to mix the offspeed in and out of the zone and the fastball on both sides of the plate. Eduardo A. Encina,, "After blister forces Cobb from game, Orioles optimistic he won't miss next start," 8 July 2018 Boasting a four-pitch repertoire, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Burnes has spent this season refining his weakest off-speed pitch: the changeup. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Corbin Burnes rolls with the punches," 26 June 2018 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

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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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