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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Sheldon Neuse, in for Matt Chapman at third, made an error on a potential double play that busied the bases for Santana’s home run. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics outslug Rangers in Khris Davis multi-homer game," 13 Sep. 2019 Munoz got Devers on a double play before walking Xander Bogaerts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres win weird one, avoid sweep by Red Sox," 25 Aug. 2019 Belt took third on the double play and was stranded when Pablo Sandoval lined a ball to center that hung long enough for Conforto to catch it. Henry Schulman,, "Giants get solid debuts from Menez, Green, then beat the Mets on Yastrzemski’s walkoff homer," 21 July 2019 The game ended on a nifty double play turned by second baseman Sandy Alomar. Los Angeles Times, "Morning Briefing: Don’t aim a laser pointer at Tom Brady or you’ll be singed in court," 19 July 2019 Taylor’s drop of an exchange on a force out and Pederson’s bobble of a relay throw on a potential double play were costly in Colorado’s two-run third. Mike Digiovanna,, "Alex Verdugo’s walk-off homer in 11th lifts Dodgers over Rockies," 22 June 2019 Immediately erased on a double play on the next pitch by Edouard Julien. Sam Blum |,, "NCAA Super Regional updates: Auburn vs. North Carolina," 8 June 2019 On a potential inning-ending double play, Castro air-mailed the throw to first, allowing Christian Arroyo to score. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' gaps on defense, at the plate pop up again in loss to Rays," 6 June 2019 Alvarado struck out Aaron Hicks and retired Gary Sánchez on a game-ending double play that gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 win Saturday and regained the AL East lead for the Rays. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Alvarado rebounds, Rays top Yanks 2-1, back into 1st place," 18 May 2019

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First Known Use of double play

1867, in the meaning defined above

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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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