Definition of curveball
: a slow or moderately fast baseball pitch thrown with spin to make it swerve downward and usually to the left when thrown from the right hand or to the right when thrown from the left hand
Examples of curveball in a Sentence
The batter struck out on a curveball.
Recent Examples of curveball from the Web
Perez opened the inning by yanking a first-pitch curveball into left field.
Robertson doesn’t throw hard, averaging a relatively light 92 mph on his four-seam fastball, but the 32-year-old Alabama product uses a darting changeup and hard curveball to keep opponents off balance and rack up strikeouts.
Eduardo Escobar tacked on an RBI single before Sano crushed an 0-2 curveball that hung over the plate into the bullpen for a 6-0 lead.
Did Mara and Bell pull a Britney and K-Fed-style curveball and literally throw a surprise wedding?
The report mentions one final curveball: the 2nd-gen Pixel XL will be squeezable, just like the HTC U 11.
On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Brantley jumped on a full count curveball for an RBI double to right-centerfield.
Norris threw some good curveballs in the loss to the Giants.
As excellent pitching analyst Nick Pollack of PitcherList.com noted, Quintana had lost as much as six inches of vertical drop on his formerly excellent curveball.
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Definition of curveball for English Language Learners
baseball : a pitch that is thrown with spin so that the ball curves in the air
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