American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Baseball A play in which two players are put out.
- n. baseball, softball A defensive play in which two outs are recorded.
- n. US, colloquial Achieving two results from one action.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Baseball) a play by which two players are put out at the same time.
- n. the act of getting two players out on one play
“In the sixth, the big lefty walked centerfielder Torii Hunter and allowed a bloop single to Vladimir Guerrero, but stopped the rally cold by getting Juan Rivera to ground into a double play and a redhot Howie Kendrick on a lineout to first.”
“—Indians manager John McNamara, after Albert Belle didn’t run out a double play ground ball during a game in 1991.”
“Pivoted off my right foot like a second baseman lining up a double play and pulled the trigger and shot Harley through the gut.”
“Perhaps what I remember most about the Game Four, season-ending 6-4 loss was a season-killing, seventh-inning double play ball hit by a slumping Derek Jeter that turned Yankee Stadium into the world’s largest outdoor funeral service; one that spelled the end of Joe Torre’s twelve-year tenure as Yankee manager.”
“On May 17, 1996, Mariano Rivera induced a double play ball from the Angels’ Garrett Anderson for his first save.”
“Last year Howe hit extremely well, and pivoted on the double play almost as well as Bobby Doerr.”
“And Saunders escaped trouble again when Hideki Matsui erased pinch-runner Brett Gardner with a third double play in the seventh.”
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