curve ball

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curve ball

1. In baseball, a ball that curves in its trajectory toward home plate. He's a good batter, but he has a hard time hitting a curve ball.
2. An unexpected occurrence or thing that causes confusion or uncertainty. I thought I had confirmed my hypothesis, so these results are a real curve ball.
3. A deceptive action or thing. I don't know, I think her sudden displays of affection are just a curve ball to get me to trust her.
See also: ball, curve
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In March, for instance, airports region-wide were thrown a curveball by the abrupt imposition of the laptop ban on flights to the US.
What are the main differences between a curveball and a fastball?
Lowe pitched into the eighth inning, leaving with a 3-2 lead after hanging a curveball to Carlos Lee in the eighth for a solo home run.
I did that research in the fall of 1974, and it made me realize I needed to have a curveball, something to throw to the first-base corner of home plate, because my screwball was a good pitch to the third-base corner of home plate, and my fastball was good to the third-base corner.
Jason Kendall was up next but after Lackey threw a curveball for a ball to begin the at-bat, the two players starting talking to each other and the conversation got more and more heated before Kendall charged the mound.
That is, to get the seams of the baseball to stay in the air about 70% of the time, instead of 12% as it does on a curveball.
With the bases loaded and one out and the A's leading 3-1, Lackey threw a curveball to Kendall for ball one, but the right-hander thought Kendall, who wears an elbow pad similar to the one Barry Bonds uses, was leaning in on purpose with the hopes of getting hit and driving in a run.
In Jeff Weaver's postgame analysis, he reasoned Nick Swisher just knew a curveball was coming when the Oakland Athletics outfielder ripped the offering over the wall Saturday for his first career grand slam.
A Chone Figgins RBI groundout gave the Angels a 3-2 lead in the second, but Lackey hung a curveball that Jason Kendall smacked for a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning.
But while Zito bedeviled the Angels with a curveball that broke with the same vexing movement as in his Cy Young Award season of 2002, Colon bulled through the A's with pure power.
Miller took care of the rest, dazzling the Angels with a fastball that was hitting 95 mph in the seventh inning and a curveball that floated, Frisbee-like, through the strike zone.
Belson's best pitches are his fastball - he throws a two-seam and a four-seam - and a curveball he uses as his out-pitch.
Zito put a curveball on a tee for him in the fourth inning and he roped the offering from his former teammate into the left-field seats for a three-run homer and 9-0 lead.
Eckstein had guessed correctly Lidle would throw him a curveball.