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 left-hander struck out six, gave up one home run on a changeup that Lourdes Gurriel Jr. lifted over the left-field wall and issued no walks for the first time since April 12. Maria Torres,, "Tyler Skaggs dominates as Angels reach .500 in win over Blue Jays," 18 June 2019 Gurriel hit a 1-0 fastball clean up the middle, then Alvarez homered on the changeup down in the zone. Nathan Ruiz,, "Yordan Alvarez's first major league homer sinks Orioles in 4-0 loss to Astros," 9 June 2019 The knuckleballer also throws a fastball and changeup. Sarah Trotto, The Seattle Times, "White Sox beat Blue Jays 4-1, game halted by rain in 5th," 18 May 2019 Travis Shaw was sitting on a changeup in the first inning and blasted one for a two-run homer. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Getting a lead to bullpen has been a winning script for Brewers this season," 21 May 2018 Loaisiga was perfect through four innings, dominating the young Phillies with a lively fastball, a sharp and deceptive breaking ball and an occasional changeup. New York Times, "Yankees End Skid, but Lose Gary Sanchez for Several Weeks," 25 June 2018 Wood allowed a full-count changeup to hang over the heart of the plate. Andy Mccullough,, "Matt Kemp's five-hit, four-RBI effort leads Dodgers to 17-1 demolition of Pirates," 3 July 2018 Before the season, questions surrounded Singer's changeup. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The future of the Royals through the eyes of the man building it," 29 June 2018 After all, Suter is a soft-tossing lefty who usually tops out at 86-87 mph and throws far more changeups (13%) than Peralta. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hitters know the Brewers' Freddy Peralta is going to throw high fastballs, but they aren't easy to hit," 25 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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