from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball A play in which a runner is put out when forced by the batter to move to the next base and a fielder holding the ball touches that base first.
  • n. Baseball The condition under which such a play can be made: intentionally walked the batter to create a force play at second.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A play in which a baserunner on first base is required to advance to second base because the batter has become a runner, or a runner on second or third base is required to advance because a runner on a preceding base is so forced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base


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  • After getting Delmon Young to line to Teixeira to line out to first, he induced a grounder to the first baseman, who quickly fired home for a force play on Mauer.

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