breaking ball

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Noun1.breaking ball - a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batterbreaking ball - a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter
pitch, delivery - (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
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The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young award winner struck out former teammate Curtis Granderson -- for the first of three times -- with an 85 mph breaking pitch to lead off the game and struck out the first two Yankees in the second inning.
He throws hard with a good breaking pitch," Alvarado said.
Like the rising fastball, the breaking pitch contradicts the laws of physics--the trajectory of every spinning pitch is smooth with no sudden changes.
Yvars gave a different description of the secret system to the New York Times recently when he remarked that he would toss the ball in the air to indicate a fastball and do nothing for a breaking pitch.
If he's diving across the plate, he may be vulnerable inside, especially to a breaking pitch.
Many players like to drag-bunt on a breaking pitch or off-speed pitch, as these pitches generally make it easier to place the ball where you want it to go.
But because I thought it was a breaking pitch, and the way it broke, I wasn't way out front of it and I was able to get good wood on it.
Added Niles: "He threw a 2-0, a 3-1 and a 3-2 breaking pitch in that situation - that's unheard of.
With less than two strikes on him, the batter swings at a breaking pitch that has fooled him.
They nearly got back into the game later in the inning, when they loaded the bases for Tim Salmon, who just missed a breaking pitch from Mike Mussina and flied out to the warning track in left-center.
Big Papi got the call on a breaking pitch that just missed the strike zone, then managed to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch that swerved inside, nearly hitting him.