from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball An advance to first base that is awarded to a batter who takes four pitches that are balls.

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  • n. An instance where the batter is allowed to go directly to first base without the possibility of being put out, due to the opposing pitcher delivering four balls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (baseball) an advance to first base by a batter who receives four balls


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  • After an A-Rod base on balls forced Angels Manager Mike Scioscia to remove starter Jared Weaver, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi countered the move by sending Brett Gardner to pinch-run for Teixeira.

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