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Key Samsung pitcher questioned over gambling abroad

All Headlines 16:50 November 25, 2015

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors said Wednesday they have summoned a key pitcher from the Samsung Lions this week to question him over illegal overseas gambling suspicions.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office called in Lim Chang-yong early Tuesday to investigate whether the 39-year-old player gambled some hundreds of millions of won in Macao as stated by a gambling house owner.

During the 13-hour interrogation, Lim admitted to gambling but denied the claim that the bets went as high as suspected, according to prosecutors.

In October, Lim, along with two other players, was kept off the Korea Series -- the South Korean version of the World Series -- roster in light of the allegations.

The pitcher is in his second season with the Lions after spending one season with the Chicago Cubs and the previous five years with the Yakult Swallows. He led the Korea Baseball Organization with 33 saves, while striking out 71 batters in 54 innings.

Failing to overcome the absence, the Samsung Lions, which were on their quest for a record fifth straight championship, were knocked out by the Doosan Bears in five games in the Korean Series last month.

scaaet@yna.co.kr
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