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

  • n. Baseball A play in which two players are put out.

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  • n. A defensive play in which two outs are recorded.
  • n. Achieving two results from one action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a play by which two players are put out at the same time.

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

  • n. the act of getting two players out on one play


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  • 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.

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  • —Indians manager John McNamara, after Albert Belle didn’t run out a double play ground ball during a game in 1991.

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  • 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.

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  • On May 17, 1996, Mariano Rivera induced a double play ball from the Angels’ Garrett Anderson for his first save.

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  • Last year Howe hit extremely well, and pivoted on the double play almost as well as Bobby Doerr.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • 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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