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1The inner part of the field of play in various sports, in particular.
- ‘The club will evaluate him as he plays all around the infield and in the outfield.’
- ‘The thick infield grass at Wrigley Field has helped the Cubs in recent years because their infielders haven't had much range and their hitters thrived on the long ball.’
- ‘Bautista has plus power, a good arm and the versatility to play the infield or outfield.’
- ‘And newcomers Dmitri Young and Craig Paquette, who can play the infield and outfield corners, will provide much-needed hitting.’
- ‘Furcal relied on his arm too much last season and has learned he doesn't have to throw rockets across the infield on every grounder.’
- ‘He then jogged back to the wall to retrieve the ball and lobbed it to the infield as three runs scored.’
- ‘He takes his infield and outfield gloves into the dugout for each game.’
- ‘He offers the versatility of being able to play in the infield and outfield.’
- ‘The lineup, laden with veterans, has proven hitters with good defense in center field and at the infield corners.’
- ‘Super-sub Denny Hocking's ability to play well in the infield or outfield is the main reason the Twins have been able to carry a 12-man pitching staff.’
- ‘In Japan, Suzuki's bunting for hits was such a regular feature of his repertoire it changed how infields played him.’
- ‘If there's a pop beyond the infield, the outfielders should take charge - it's easier to catch a ball coming in than going back.’
- ‘Mike Mordecai has played all the infield positions and is prepared to try the outfield.’
- ‘The infield at The Ballpark was playing fast and Lowe was likely to produce a ground ball.’
- ‘Cabrera and Bloomquist both can play the infield and the outfield.’
- ‘Erin White squeezed a grounder through the right side of the infield in the eighth to score Jackie Lance and give the Canadians a 1-0 victory.’
- ‘Both are righthanded hitters who can play the infield and outfield corners.’
- ‘Gipson is excellent fielder who can play the infield and outfield.’
- ‘Andy Fox is valuable to the team because of his experience, his lefthanded bat and his ability to play the infield and outfield.’
- 1.1Baseball The area within and near the four bases.
- ‘Instead, the team will focus on getting great defense from two of their four infield spots.’
- ‘Don Wert then reached base on an infield error and the lead run scored.’
- ‘But by game's end, all you've managed to do is hit four feeble infield dribblers and bounce three throws to first base.’
- ‘In his first at-bat, the touted slugger reached on an infield hit.’
- ‘And not an especially good idea on a surface where infield grounders quickly become base hits.’
- 1.2Cricket The part of the field closer to the wicket.
- ‘Then Warne lets Flintoff off the hook with one ball he can read - the full-toss, which is duly dispatched over the infield.’
- ‘He hit it well enough, squirting a square drive through the infield.’
- ‘Their feet got to the pitch of the ball and their fluent drives repeatedly carved through the infield on either side of the wicket.’
- ‘If we can just do that we will snowball; the boys will get confident if we can play shots over the infield without losing our wickets, it's all to do with keeping our heads.’
- ‘They kept bowling up and he kept swinging them over the infield.’
- 1.3 The players stationed in the infield, collectively.
- ‘The infield should continue to be the glue of the defense.’
- ‘The infield won't resemble last season's very much.’
- ‘The umpire looks at me strangely, as a matter of fact, the whole infield of The Indians team was staring at me.’
- ‘In the letters section of the August issue of Baseball Digest, a chart was printed listing 12 teams whose infields drove in 400 or more runs in one season.’
- ‘Along with Giambi, Jeter and Robin Ventura, it marked one of the few times in history that one team's entire infield was named to an All-Star squad.’
- ‘The middle of the infield should be Bobby Hill and Javier Guzman, both players that should boast modest OBPs in the future.’
- ‘‘With the infield in and the bases loaded, the batter hit a shot past the shortstop,’ said Ford.’
2British The land around or near a farmstead, especially arable land.
- ‘The remainder of the course coils through the 130 acre infield putting a premium on handling and braking.’
- ‘Thousands more can view the action from a 215-acre infield.’
- ‘Later on, 1920-21, I deeded the 60 acres southwest of the public highway, as well as the 40 acres infields and woods on the northeast side, with the old house and barn.’
- ‘With that, I flew off and landed in a muddy heap in the swampy infield, while the bike sagged directly to the ground.’
- ‘The agricultural economy was primarily based on raising cattle on forest land and cereal production on small cleared infields.’
Into or toward the inner part of the field of play.
- ‘The home side kept up the pressure and following a Brian Kenny throw-in Padraig Murphy took possession and as he moved infield he sent a pile driver to the net in the 65th minute.’
- ‘Pauleta cuts infield and tries his luck from 30 yards.’
- ‘What will be vital is that our wide midfielders force Denmark's full-backs to play passes infield rather than allowing them bread-and-butter balls to the wingers.’
- ‘Robinson dived over from acting half and this time Mitchell was successful with the kick from a couple of yards infield.’
- ‘The cost of moving the straight track 80 meters infield is estimated at $4.9-million.’
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