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knuckle ball

or knuck·le·ball (nŭk′əl-bôl′)
n. Baseball
A slow pitch that has almost no spin and veers erratically, thrown by gripping the ball with the nails or knuckles near the tips of the index and middle fingers, and often the third finger.

knuck′le·ball′er n.


(Baseball) a pitcher who throws knuckleballs
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Dickey became the first knuckleballer to win 20 games in more than three decades, matching his career high with 13 strikeouts and leading the New York Mets to a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Toronto, who finished 22 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East, are now rated as favorites after also adding NL Cy Young winning knuckleballer R.
Dickey, the right-handed knuckleballer for the New York Mets, has become a mainstay in the starting rotation with his cagey performances in the past two seasons.
Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield kept the Blue Jays batters off balance as Boston scored a 6-4 win over Toronto at Fenway Park on Wednesday.
Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger moved closer to earning the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation, throwing 51/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over Seattle in Glendale, Ariz.
Knuckleballer Jared Fernandez (2-1) got the win after allowing four runs and five hits in 5-2/3 innings.
The Ems sent 12 batters to the plate and had six hits and 10 baserunners in the first inning before getting shut down by 26-year-old knuckleballer Simon Ferrer and a pair of Dust Devils relievers the rest of the way.
Boston brought knuckleballer Steven Wright up from Pawtucket and had spare outfielder Corey Brown designated for assignment.
The Toronto Blue Jays are currently in the lead to land the knuckleballer and his expiring one-year $5 million contract, according to Fox Sports.
The 35 year-old knuckleballer appeared in 35 games with the Twins last season, his only year with the club.