double play


: a play in baseball by which two players are put out

Example Sentences

The batter hit into a double play. They turned a double play to end the inning.
Recent Examples on the Web Two singles, separated by a wild pitch, put runners on the corners for Bryan Reynolds, who grounded into a double play on a first-pitch cutter. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2023 However, Segura did hit into a double play in the fifth that may have kept the Phillies from putting up an even bigger inning. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2022 Then-Astros shortstop Carlos Correa had some words immediately after for Valdez, who forced Brandon Lowe to ground into a double play in the next at-bat to end the inning. Josh Criswell, Chron, 13 Oct. 2022 Naylor ended the inning by hitting into a double play at shortstop. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2022 With the automatic runner on second base in the 10th and Kaleb Ort on the mound for the Red Sox, Boston manager Alex Cora decided to walk Gleyber Torres to set up the double play. Julian Mcwilliams,, 22 Sep. 2022 Shaw set Foothill down in order in the sixth with the help of a nice catch by Rhee in center, got the first batter in the seventh, then walked a batter, setting up the game-ending double play. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 Rojas threw to second for the second out of the inning-ending double play. George Henry, ajc, 31 July 2022 By the time the ball made it around the diamond, Santana beat out the back end of the double play, allowing the fourth run to score. Dallas News, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of double play was in 1867

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“Double play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

double play

: a play in baseball in which two base runners are put out

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