middle game


Definition of middle game

: the middle phase of a board game specifically : the part of a chess game after the pieces have been developed when players attempt to gain and exploit positional and material superiority — compare endgame, opening

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Up next For Saturday's middle game of the series, Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-9, 6.03 ERA) tries for his first win in six starts since July 29. Jane Mccauley, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose 'at home,' then beat A's on the road in extra innings," 6 Sep. 2019 Arizona: Rookie LHP Alex Young (3-0, 2.38) will start the middle game of the series for the Diamondbacks. sun-sentinel.com, "Harold Ramirez, Marlins rally in ninth inning to defeat Diamondbacks," 27 July 2019 Left fielder Barry Bonds hit walk-off home runs in the 10th inning of the first and third games of that series while third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo delivered a walk-off single to win the middle game. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Bochy on Giants’ rise through standings: ‘I can’t think of a season quite like this’," 22 July 2019 The teams are scheduled to play again tonight in the middle game of the three-game series. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, "IronBirds battle from behind, beat Tri-City, 4-3," 19 June 2019 Jake Arrieta will pitch the middle game of the series against the Pirates and will be looking for his first win since May 29 against the Dodgers at Los Angeles. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "For Phillies, PNC Park has been a torture chamber | Extra Innings," 6 July 2018 In a long day of baseball, the Horned Frogs salvaged the middle game of the series with a 5-4 victory in 13 innings. Bailey Arredondo, star-telegram, "TCU baseball shut out by Minnesota in finale, loses three-game series; UTA wins two on walk-off homers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 Mar. 2018 On Saturday, right-hander Trevor Williams — Rich’s son — will be the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle game of a three-game series with the Padres. John Maffei, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Three Pirates pitchers celebrate San Diego homecoming," 28 June 2018 Mexico plays South Korea in Saturday's middle game, and if Mexico earns at least one point and Germany loses to Sweden in the evening, the World Cup will have a new champion. Jenna Fryer, chicagotribune.com, "Germany under pressure to win against Sweden," 22 June 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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