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Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between 2 teams of 9 players each. The goal of baseball is to score "runs" by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of 4 markers called "bases," arranged at the corners of a 90-foot square, or "diamond." Players on one team (the offense) take turns hitting, while the other team (the defense) tries to stop them from scoring runs by getting hitters "out" in any of several ways. A player on offense can stop at any of the bases and hope to score on a teammate's hit. The teams switch between offense and defense whenever the team on defense gets 3 outs. One turn on offense for each team constitutes an "inning," and 9 innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.