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relief pitcher

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.


relief pitcher

noun

  1. baseball a pitcher who replaces a side's main pitcher during a game Also calledreliever


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Word History and Origins

Origin of relief pitcher1

First recorded in 1945–50
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Example Sentences

Teams need relief pitchers almost every game to pitch the last two or three innings.

He had not expected to figure in the Series, except perhaps as a relief pitcher.

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