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The southpaw gave up two unearned runs in a messy first inning, but settled down to throw six scoreless frames with eight strikeouts.
After dropping 11 of 16 against left-handers, the Giants raced out to an early lead against Cubs southpaw Mike Montgomery thanks to the first career leadoff home run of Chase d’Arnaud’s career.
Conforto made some strides last season after posting a .104 average (and .125 slugging percentage) in 48 at-bats against southpaws in 2016.
The Indians badly need relief, with the Padres’ southpaw Brad Hand probably topping their list, as well as everybody else’s.
The southpaw took his base and did not appear to be in pain.
And after struggling against lefties earlier in his career, Gennett has crushed southpaws for a .958 OPS in 2018.
That’s when the 26-year-old Ray showed the poise, presence and power that had him being mentioned in the same conversation with Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale and Madison Bumgarner, three of the game’s elite southpaws, last season.
After relying heavily on a fastball/curve mix in 2017, the southpaw has thrown his change-up roughly twice as often in 2018 (10% to 22%).
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Southpaw is of obscure origin. A popular theory holds that it comes from the onetime position of ballparks in relation to the sun. Supposedly, late 19th-century ballparks were laid out so that the pitcher looked in a westerly direction when facing the batter. The throwing arm of a left-handed pitcher would then be to the south-hence the name southpaw. This theory of its origin is undermined, however, by the fact that the original use of southpaw does not involve baseball at all. Rather, the term was used as early as 1848 to describe, simply, the left hand or a punch or blow given with the left hand. Today, we often use southpaw as a good-natured term for a left-handed person, but the word is sometimes viewed as stigmatizing by left-handed people.
SOUTHPAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of southpaw for English Language Learners
: someone who is left-handed; especially : a left-handed baseball pitcher or boxer
SOUTHPAW Defined for Kids
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