lead-off


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lead-off

adj
first; coming or going first

lead′-off`

(lid)

adj.
leading off or beginning.
[1885–90]

lead•off

(ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

n.
1. an act that starts something; start; beginning.
adj.
2. of or denoting the first baseball player in the batting order or the first player to bat in an inning.
[1890–95]
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Pirates starter Paul Maholm was unable to pitch around a first-inning lead-off walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, who came in to score on a ground out by Kevin Youkilis.
McConnell ran the lead-off and had overtaken the Brazilians in the outside lane at the top bend to hand over to Donna Fraser.
Contreras, who threw 44 of her 61 pitches for strikes, retired the first 12 batters until Coleen Cain broke the trend with a lead-off single in the fifth.