curve ball

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Synonyms for curve ball

a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter

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Curveballs give us a bit of a problem here lately, and we keep swinging at them."
"I'm coming back because I want to show you all at home and my family and my children and my wife that when life throws a curveball at me, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time.
Another one was (Bert) Blyleven with his curveball, because you could hear the curveball, 'bzzzz, bzzzz, bzzzz.' It was that type.
The worst pitch Doug Fister threw last night was a curveball to Francisco Lindor that sat over the middle of the plate and was demolished for a home run.
I wanted to be good pitcher and that meant mastering the curveball - a technique that puts a forward spin on the ball and throws the batter off balance as he makes a last second adjustment to hit it.
To be sure, the Great War has been written about extensively, but this project takes a hanging curveball and knocks it out of the park.
I threw him a curveball, and it resulted in him walking right into my lap.
"I definitely have a better feeling for everything this year, especially my curveball," he said.
As it turns out, the famed malevolent character packs a mean curveball, which even drew some ooh's and ahh's from professional baseball players in attendance.
It probably didn't help being her first stab at anything that wasn't mainstream pop, making this James Dean Bradfield-penned rocker a sufficient enough curveball to ensure it missed out on hit status - it was her first single not to make the Top 20.
Little did I know my own employer, the mighty Trinity Mirror, was about to pitch a massive curveball in the shape of launching Britain's new national newspaper, the New Day.
But when life throws a curveball, many people simply crumble.
"Everything felt good -- fastball, curveball, change,'' Henderson said.