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relief pitcher

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noun Baseball.
  1. a pitcher brought into a game to replace another pitcher, often in a critical situation.
  2. a pitcher regularly so used, as opposed to one who regularly starts games.
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Origin of relief pitcher

First recorded in 1945–50
Also called reliever, reliefer.
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British Dictionary definitions for relief pitcher

relief pitcher

noun
  1. baseball a pitcher who replaces a side's main pitcher during a gameAlso called: reliever
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