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In baseball, a team's ace is the best starting pitcher on the team and nearly always the first pitcher in the starting rotation. Barring injury or exceptional circumstances, the ace is usually the pitcher that starts on Opening Day. In addition, aces are usually preferred to start crucial playoff games, sometimes on three days rest.

The term may be a derivation of the nickname of Asa Brainard, (real first name: "Asahel"), a 19th century star pitcher, who was sometimes referred to as "Ace".[1] [2]

In the early days of baseball, the term "ace" was used to refer to a run.[1]


  1. ^ "The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club" at, including a section on the rules used by the team


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