from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Baseball A fastball released with most pressure from the tip of the middle finger so that it breaks slightly in the manner of a curve ball as it approaches the plate.
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- n. A pitch thrown with an offset grip and a moderate amount of added pressure by middle finger yielding a combination of backspin and some sidespin, resulting in motion to the left when thrown by a right handed pitcher with velocity only slightly diminished from that of a fastball
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Utilizing a cut fastball of his own, Pettitte retired the first twelve batters he faced, ending his Don Larsen-esque stretch with five strikeouts in his last eight batters.
Filling in with superb mid-season long relief, Alfredo Aceves and his cut fastball ate up innings as he kept the Yankees in games in which the starters bombed.