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Baseball pitcher faces indictment over match-fixing allegations

All News 21:42 July 20, 2016

SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean baseball pitcher is facing indictment over match-fixing allegations, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Prosecutors in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, some 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, said Lee Tae-yang, who pitches for the NC Dinos in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), allegedly received at least 10 million won ($US8,770) from a gambling broker to fix games.

Prosecutors said Lee may be indicted as early as Thursday. He is accused of deliberately issuing walks in certain innings.

The Dinos acknowledged that Lee first faced questioning in late June, and they will issue a further statement once the prosecutors' investigation is complete.

Lee, 23, is a six-year pro for the Dinos, which are based in Changwon. He won a career-high 10 games last year and has gone 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA in 10 appearances this season.

The Dinos took him off their active roster on June 28 with elbow pains. Lee last pitched on June 24.

The Dinos joined the KBO in 2013, and made the postseason in each of the past two years. Prior to Wednesday's game, they were second in the 10-team league at 47-29-2 (wins-losses-ties), 5.5 games behind the Doosan Bears.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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