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n. Baseball
A pitch thrown with the ball placed between the index and middle fingers so that the ball takes a sharp dip near home plate.


(Baseball) a method of pitching in baseball



a baseball pitch thrown with the ball inserted between the index and middle fingers, causing it to dip sharply near home plate.
[1920–25, Amer.]
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Plummer says that these days, he doesn't rely on much special in his delivery, mostly throwing a fastball, curve and forkball that he uses as a change-up.
He just split his fingers a little bit more and threw more of a true split-finger or forkball," Farrell said, "and that's the pitch that really emerged to be his strikeout pitch.
All three were instrumental in landing Kuroda, whose six-pitch repertoire includes a fastball, forkball, twodifferent sliders, something called a shuto ball that bears in on right-handed hitters and an effective but rarely used curve.
Mark Kroon pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save and matched his own record for the fastest pitch in Japanese baseball with a 161-kilometer fastball against Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who struck out on a forkball to end the game.
Wells can hit 97 miles per hour with his fastball and also throws a curveball, slider, and a forkball.
Sutter's righthanded forkball lived up to the cliche: It dropped off the table.
The system will identify and display the difference between a slider, curveball, forkball or fastball.
This real-time three-dimensional rendering of actual pitches graphically illustrates the difference between a slider, curveball, forkball or fastball -- enhancing the broadcast for commentators and viewers alike.
He remembers a Japanese pitcher striking out Bonds on a forkball during an exhibition game in Japan, but says he'll rely on Jason Varitek's experience against the Giants slugger.
Shane Spencer led off the frame with a pinch-hit homer to right and after Norihiro Akahoshi singled and Andy Sheets drew a walk to put runners at first and second with one out, Kanemoto connected off Hiroki Yamamura (2-5) on a first pitch forkball for the come-from-behind win at Koshien Stadium.
The system identifies and displays the difference between a slider, curveball, forkball or fastball.
With or without the gyroball, the pitch that may exist more in legend than in reality, his arsenal of pitches - a mid- to high-90s fastball, slider, curveball, forkball, and changeup - makes Daisuke Matsuzaka impressive.