American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Baseball A play in which a runner is put out when forced by the batter to move to the next base and a fielder holding the ball touches that base first.
- n. Baseball The condition under which such a play can be made: intentionally walked the batter to create a force play at second.
- n. baseball A play in which a baserunner on first base is required to advance to second base because the batter has become a runner, or a runner on second or third base is required to advance because a runner on a preceding base is so forced.
- n. a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
“After getting Delmon Young to line to Teixeira to line out to first, he induced a grounder to the first baseman, who quickly fired home for a force play on Mauer.”
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