relief pitcher


Definition of relief pitcher

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

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Jason Adam optioned Advertisement Royals bring up relief pitcher Brandon Maurer and optioned Jason Adam to Omaha on Friday June 15, 2018. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Jakob Junis allows three homers for second start in a row as Royals lose to Astros," 15 June 2018 During a four-game series against Albuquerque that ended Monday, relief pitchers for the Royals' Class AAA affiliate in Omaha put on quite the dance show in the bullpen. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Relievers for Royals' Class AAA affiliate show off funny dance moves in bullpen," 13 June 2018 Still available is a former Cy Young Award winner, one of the greatest relief pitchers in history and a host of multi-time All-Stars still capable enough to make any roster better. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s All-Unemployed Team," 11 Feb. 2019 The next night, in a 9–1 loss, a relief pitcher, Jake Jewell, pitching in his third major league game, broke his leg in a gruesome injury while covering home plate. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Kelvin Herrera, thought by many to be the game's best available relief pitcher, is gone in the game's first major midseason trade of 2018, for a package some believe is beneath his talents. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Explaining — not endorsing — what the Royals are doing in rebuilding the franchise," 20 June 2018 Signaling the front office’s shift in focus to the future amid a disappointing season, Dozier followed starting pitcher Lance Lynn, relief pitchers Zach Duke and Ryan Pressly and infielder Eduardo Escobar out the door. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "NL West-leading Dodgers get Dozier from Twins for Forsythe," 31 July 2018 That’s a laudable trait for, say, a relief pitcher who coughs up a home run. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Donald Trump has a frightening trait. He believes his own lies," 13 Jan. 2018 Josh Hader is a strikeout rock star (75 in 38 innings), Jeremy Jeffress leads all relief pitchers with a 0.53 ERA, and the supporting cast has been solid. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: The bullpen gets the love, but look who else has stood out for the Crew," 13 June 2018

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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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