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Baseball positions, actions and equipment

balk

another spelling of baulk

ballpark

noun

a place where baseball games are played

base

noun

one of the four places on a baseball or rounders field that a player must touch in order to score points

baseball

noun

a game played by two teams of nine players who get points by hitting a ball with a bat and then running around four bases

bullpen

noun

a part of a baseball field where pitchers practise throwing the ball before they go on the field

curve

noun

a curve ball

curve ball

noun

in baseball, a throw that is difficult to hit because the ball moves in a curve

diamond

noun

the diamond-shaped area of a baseball field with the four bases at its corners

diamond

noun

the whole of a baseball field

double

noun

in baseball, a situation in which someone hits the ball far enough to be able to run to the second base

double-header

noun

two games played one after the other

first base

noun

in the game of baseball, the first of four places the batter must run to after hitting the ball

foul line

noun

in baseball, either of the lines that show the limits of the playing area.

grand slam

noun

a home run in baseball in which a player scores four runs (=points) because there is a player on each of the four bases

hardball

noun

a word meaning baseball, used when you want to show that you do not mean softball

home

noun

a place on a sports field that a player must try to get to in order to score a point in some sports

home plate

noun

in baseball and similar sports, the place where you stand when you hit the ball, which is also the last place you run to after hitting the ball

home run

noun

a point in baseball that is scored when a player hits the ball then runs around all the four bases

infield

noun

in baseball and cricket, the central part of the field, or the players whose positions are in this part of the field

inning

noun

one of the nine periods played in a baseball game

mitt

noun

in baseball, a type of glove that you use for catching the ball

mound

noun

the small hill where the pitcher stands to throw the ball in baseball

out

adverb, preposition

if a player or team is out during a game of cricket or baseball, they are no longer batting

outfield

noun

in baseball and cricket, the parts of the field that are furthest from the player who is batting

park

noun

a field where baseball is played

pitch

noun

in baseball, a throw of the ball by the pitcher

right field

noun

the part of a baseball field to the right of the batter (=the player who hits the ball)

right field

noun

the position of the player who stands in right field

run

noun

one point in the game of baseball

sacrifice

noun

in baseball, an occasion when someone hits the ball so that a runner can move ahead to the next base, even though the person hitting the ball is then out

single

noun

in baseball, a hit that allows the player who is batting (=hitting the ball) to get to first base

sinker

noun

in baseball, a ball that drops down as it reaches the person who is batting

steal

noun

the act of running successfully to the next base before someone hits the ball in a game of baseball

strike

noun

a failure to hit the ball in baseball

strikeout

noun

in baseball, a situation in which a player fails to hit the ball three times

top

noun

in baseball, the first half of an inning

wind up

noun

the act of preparing to pitch a baseball

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