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Australia baseballer offered money to throw game: CPBL

Staff writer, with CNA

The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) said yesterday that it helped to prevent an attempt at match-fixing in the Asia Series after it was alerted that one player had allegedly been offered money to throw a game.

CPBL president Huang Cheng-tai (黃鎮台) said the league was alerted by the Canberra Cavalry, an Australian team in the tournament, and helped the team deal with the matter.

He made the remarks in response to a report in Australia’s Canberra Times earlier in the day, which said Cavalry catcher Matt Blazynski alleged that he was offered US$30,000 to convince his teammates to throw the Nov. 17 semi-final game against the Samsung Lions of South Korea.

According to the Canberra Times report, Blazynski said he was approached at a bar in Tai-chung on the eve of the game, but he did not name the person who allegedly made the proposal.

Blazynski was quoted by the Canberra Times as saying that he refused the offer and informed the police.

“I can’t comment because there’s an ongoing investigation,” Cavalry general manager Thom Carter was quoted as saying in the report.

Cavalry beat the Samsung Lions 9-5 in extra innings to advance to the final against Taiwan’s Uni-President Lions, who they beat 14-4 on Wednesday.

China withdrew from this year’s series and was replaced by Unipol Fortitudo of Italy.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau said yesterday that it has established a joint task force with the Greater Taichung Government’s police department to investigate the case, as it matters to the nation’s professional baseball reputation.

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