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  • noun Plural form of curveball.


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  • He mixed in curveballs, sliders and an occasional changeup.

    Garza shows his stuff, bests Lester to give Rays series lead 2008

  • "Chris can handle curveballs, which is important in morning television," McManus said. Chronicle 2010

  • Mike Weiner, the new Executive Director of the MLB Players Association, should certainly take credit for Strasburg's devastating curve since it was the Union that refined the art of throwing "curveballs" to baseball management over the years.

    Roger I. Abrams: World Cup Fever 2010

  • Now facing Kendry Morales, Burnett tried two curveballs, missed with them, then attempted to sneak a heater past him.

    One Season William Fredrick Cooper 2011

  • In total command of his curveballs, cutters and changeups, his fastball was equally confounding as it painted all parts of the strike zone with his excellence.

    One Season William Fredrick Cooper 2011

  • Then in the sixth with Adrian Beltre at bat, Carpenter tossed one of his classic curveballs, which drop like a stone in water as they approach the plate.

    Rangers Are One Win From World Series Title Matthew Futterman 2011

  • Life's curveballs are inevitable, therefore position yourself so that the "getting up" part is not so crippling.

    Amy Chan: Valuable Lessons of 2011 Amy Chan 2011

  • Niese has one of the best curveballs in baseball when he throws it for strikes.

    For Mets, a Sunday Snoozer Brian Costa 2011

  • He throws mostly fastballs, changeups and curveballs.

    The Mets' Unlikely Pitching Savior Brian Costa 2011

  • Throwing junk curveballs and changeups so that his mid-to-high 80s fastball looked faster, he, like Cliff Lee did the night before, had a stretch where he struck out three batters on three different pitches.

    One Season William Fredrick Cooper 2011


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