relief pitcher


Definition of relief pitcher

: a baseball pitcher who takes over for another during a game

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But the relief pitchers — those who come in after the starters to finish the game — have been a disaster. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, "With Nationals on the upswing, can they make a playoff run?," 3 July 2019 In 1986, one strike away from clinching the AL pennant for the Angels, relief pitcher Donnie Moore gave up a home run that allowed the Boston Red Sox to rally and reach the World Series. Mike Digiovanna,, "Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, is found dead," 1 July 2019 Information dictates relief pitcher usage more than ever. Tom Verducci,, "The Slow Death of the Proven Closer," 5 June 2019 Crichton optioned To make room for Peralta, right-handed relief pitcher Stefon Crichton was dispatched back to Triple-A Reno. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Outfielder David Peralta returns from shoulder injury to Diamondbacks lineup," 3 June 2019 Sergio Romo has spent his entire 11-year major-league career as a relief pitcher, making 588 appearances on the mound without a single start. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Tampa Bay Rays' Sergio Romo gets first career start, makes history against Angels," 20 May 2018 DeCaster, a 24-year-old sidearm relief pitcher, has appeared in 40 games in the Tigers system, throwing 69 2/3 innings. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Ethan DeCaster has taken 'mind boggling' progression through minors," 24 June 2019 Even Craig Stammen, whose 2.1 percent walk rate (three walks, 141 batters faced) is lowest among qualified relief pitchers, got in on the walking. Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Chasing lefty history; Stock strikes back; Strahm to return," 12 June 2019 Round 19: LHP Braidyn Fink, Oklahoma, L/L (6-1/216): Fink, a relief pitcher, tallied 49 strikeouts and a 4.31 career ERA. Mia Berry,, "Let's meet the Dodgers' draft picks," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of relief pitcher

1884, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of relief pitcher

baseball : a pitcher who comes into a game when another pitcher is removed from the game

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