relief pitcher


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pressly is the fourth relief pitcher to join the Team USA squad for the upcoming tournament, along with Brewers closer Devin Williams, Pirates closer David Bednar and Orioles reliever Dillon Tate. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 1 Dec. 2022 Among the seniors leading the way are quarterback Ellis Dickman, who is also a middle infielder/relief pitcher for the baseball team and point guard for the basketball squad. al, 15 Sep. 2022 Anthony Varvaro, 37 years old, who was a relief pitcher for six major-league seasons, was struck at 4:25 a.m. ET on Sunday on the New Jersey Turnpike in Jersey City, the New Jersey State Police said in a statement. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 Allen was also seen posing for photos at the game with former Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2022 By the end — with a big lift from Pfluger as the GOP’s relief pitcher to close out the game — Republicans still held strong, winning 10-0. Dallas News, 28 July 2022 Former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Sean Marshall and his wife, Sarah, on Monday sold their five-bedroom Lincolnwood home for $2.18 million. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 The Tigers will use them for in-game light shows after hitting home runs and before a relief pitcher enters in a high-leverage situation. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 13 Dec. 2022 Alvarez, whose three-run, walk-off homer in Game 1 of Houston’s division series against Seattle kicked off his team’s remarkable postseason run, bookended that with a titanic blast off the relief pitcher José Alvarado. David Waldstein, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relief pitcher was in 1884

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“Relief pitcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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relief pitcher

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

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