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keep someone safe

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to keep safe from danger, attack, or harm

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With two strikes, the hitter must protect the plate - and I mean protect it.
The splitter is used almost exclusively to induce a swinging third strike when the pitcher is ahead in the count and the batter has to protect the plate.
I think sometimes he'll just try to overanalyse situations and try to make the perfect pitch and then it's 2-0, 3-1, and a hitter doesn't have to protect the plate.
The building was constructed in 1930 to protect the plates from damage by fire, with a unique metal shelving and support system that stores the plates on three (rather crowded) floors: it is nearly divorced from the brick and mortar of the building, connected only beneath the basement floor.