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change up

1. verb To alter or switch something, especially from a usual method or proceedings. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "change" and "up." I've had this haircut for a while now, so I think it's time to change it up. You should change up your material so people don't get bored with it.
2. verb To change to a higher gear while driving. You'll probably need to change up once you get on the highway.
3. noun In baseball, a pitch that has a similar wind-up to a fastball but travels much slower. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. If you throw a changeup now, I think you'll get this guy out.
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change up

v.
1. To alter something: The cafeteria changed up the menu after people complained that they were tired of macaroni and cheese. When the other team discovered our strategy, we had to change it up.
2. To switch to a higher gear when driving a motor vehicle: When you accelerate, you have to change up or the car will stall.
See also: change, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Hung a changeup in the first inning, two walks in the first inning," Giolito said.
Ryu threw a first-pitch strike with a fastball and got Kang to swing on a changeup. After a cutter missed the zone, Ryu offered another changeup to Kang, who fanned on the pitch for the strikeout.
Sometimes Price would give the hitter a break and slow things down with a changeup, when all that was needed to end the at-bat was another high-90s fastball.
The scouting report on Bautista is to throw inside to the right hander, and set him up to swing at a changeup pitch.
Needs to mix in more breaking balls and develop a changeup to improve his arsenal ...
"It's not uncommon for a changeup to be one of the last pitches to come along for a given pitcher," Farrell said.
"I think on 2-0 I threw a changeup three times and it helped me really focus on staying behind it and getting a strike with the pitch," he said.
"Matt throws a fastball and a changeup, and the changeup is devastating."
Schilling is developing a changeup to go with his two main pitches, a fastball and splitter.
The Detroit Tigers' rookie right-hander wasted little time stunning American League hitters this season with a fastball that regularly clocks above 100 mph, a biting curveball that registers 88-92 mph and a changeup that is far from dawdling at 75-83 mph.
In 2002, he started the season in Edmonton, when the Twins' minor league pitching coach, Bobby Cuellar, taught Santana the value of throwing a changeup.
"Waiter's idea of a changeup," Ty Cobb once said, "was to just throw harder."