double play


Definition of double play 

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

Examples of double play in a Sentence

The batter hit into a double play. They turned a double play to end the inning.

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Almora grounded out to second on his first pitch, Heyward singled to left on his third and Bryant grounded into a 5-4-3 double play on the fourth. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cubs 7, Brewers 2: The frustration continues after late-innings meltdown," 11 June 2018 Netz overcame the extra-base hit by inducing a pop up from senior catcher Taryn Harris followed by a 6-4 double play on a soft liner from Kathleen Knudsen in which Abboud leaned too far off and was doubled up. Andrew J. Campa,, "Cox's home run blasts La Cañada softball into quarterfinals," 23 May 2018 Hughes got Puig to line into a 5-4 double play on the first pitch. John Fay,, "Schebler delivers a 3-run homer to lift the Cincinnati Reds to their 5th straight win -- 5-3 over the Dodgers," 13 May 2018 Overseen: With a runner on first base and one out in the seventh, the Tigers — who had been challenged throughout the series — recorded a double play on a soft grounder to third base. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose on walk-off home run at Texas Rangers, 5-4 (10 inn.)," 9 May 2018 Food Network star Guy Fieri gets double play on Carnival Horizon. Fran Golden, USA TODAY, "Six things to love about Carnival Cruise Line's new Carnival Horizon," 7 May 2018 Broussard stayed in the game and also rolled the thumb making a double play on Saturday. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU second baseman Brandt Broussard has broken thumb; expected to miss 3-5 weeks," 26 Mar. 2018 Bregman grounded into a double play on the next pitch. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Competition spots begin as Astros open spring training games," 23 Feb. 2018 Risley and Mines will anchor SHC doubles play on the Number 3 court. Spring Hill College Athletics,, "Badger tennis to open 2018 at home on Sunday," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of double play

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double play was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of double play

baseball : a play in which the team in the field causes two runners to be put out

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Kids Definition of double play

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

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